Nottingham Forest and England U19 star Arvin Appiah visited Buckswood Football Academy (BFA) last week to meet students training for a career in the sport.
The BFA used its connections, through a previous student working for a Ghanaian football agency, to reach out to Arvin, who was keen to come and speak to the students and with some keen football supporters at the school, the students and staff were excited about his visit.
Buckswood Co-Principal, Michael Shaw said: “Being a huge Nottingham Forest supporter it was great to meet Arvin. He is a very humble young man whose progress is as much down to his character as a person as it is to his undoubted footballing ability.
“He spoke to our players about the dedication and commitment needed to succeed in the game and at school and also recognised the excellent results the BFA has achieved in recent years.”
As Arvin was shown around the school campus he had the chance to watch some football training in action and to meet some of the Buckswood players. Arvin gave the BFA some advice on how to make it in football using examples from his own story and unique experiences.
The students had many questions for Arvin, many of them looking to start their own career in football. Leaving the students suitably impressed and motivated, Arvin signed T-shirts to add to Buckswood’s framed collection in the Sports Hall – he also signed Mr Shaw’s own replica shirt!
DSC_0554 Left to Right: Wayne Callaghan (Head of Sport), Arvin Appiah, Michael Shaw (Co-Principal)