Clarke Carlisle visit
Date: 6th Apr 2016
Former Professional Footballers' Association Chair Clarke Carlisle has spoken about his career and held a question-and-answer session with students in the Department of Sports Management at Buckinghamshire New University.
Clarke, who is also an Ambassador for the University's partner, the UCFB College of Football Business, spent two hours speaking to the students about his experiences and answering a variety of questions.
The high-profile figure, who spent much of his career at Burnley Football Club, where UCFB is based, said he had been 'extremely impressed' with the range of questions and enthusiasm of the students.
He said: "I think it is vitally important that I share my experiences and the opportunities I have been offered in my career, both inside and outside of football, with students, and this was a great opportunity to do that.
"The students were full of information and enthusiasm and I think we could have spoken for much longer than two hours!
"They were keen to speak to me about how they can explore career opportunities in and around football and in sport in general, and I feel I am very well-placed to give them an insight. I hope they found it beneficial."
Hugh Mannerings, Senior Lecturer in Sport, who organised the visit, said Clarke had been an 'inspirational speaker' and provided thoughts and experiences the students would be able to use in their studies and future careers.
He said "I'm extremely grateful to Clarke for sharing his insight and views across a range of football and social issues.
"Students can see that the sport still has enormous challenges to face and hopefully they will be able to help influence change as they develop their careers in football."
Student Matt Smith, who is in the third year of a BA (Hons) Sports Management and Football Studies degree, said: "The talk was brilliant and Clarke was articulate and knowledgeable.
"He gave a great insight into professional football, the environment around it and the career opportunities and challenges that exist.
"Clarke is someone who was very football-focused and has broadened his options to become a media commentator and is involved in a variety of areas. It was fascinating to hear how he had done this."
Students from Sports Management with Football Studies; Sports Management with Rugby Studies; and Sports Psychology attended the talk, which took place at the University's Campus in High Wycombe.
Picture caption: Clarke Carlisle with students at Bucks New University and Hugh Mannerings, Senior Lecturer in Sport.
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