Thought For The Day – Friday 9th December 2022
Both on and off the field, sport, in all its forms, often offers very interesting, inspiring and positive stories and narratives. Sport can shine a light on what is right. Congratulations to all sixth form girls representing the school at football and rugby this week.
This evening, the men’s football world cup will see the magical Lionel Messi, who overcame childhood growth deficiency to be such an iconic men’s footballer, play his 1001st football match. Messi’s team, Argentina, will play Holland, who are managed by one of the most successful men’s football coaches, Louis van Gaal. Louis van Gaal was recently treated for cancer in the evenings, whilst managing and coaching the national team in the day, something he kept secret from his players to not affect their performance.
One of the most inspiring role models is Marcus Rashford MBE. Not only is Marcus a wonderful player on the field, but, in the global pandemic, Marcus led a campaign to ensure the government was looking after children and families who needed financial support. He remembered his roots and what his mum did for him. Marcus Rashford also became a bestselling author, encouraging literacy. When he scored England’s first goal against Wales, Marcus dedicated the goal a mentor who had passed away two days before the match.
In the men’s football world cup, Henry Winter, respected football correspondent of “The Times”, has been creating short video reports to accompany his articles. In these two short videos he explains all the positive things the England men’s football team do off the field and the inspiration of their family in supporting them:
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We continue to be aware and mindful of, and show respect for, the wider human and moral issues of equality, diversity, inclusion and respect surrounding this men’s football world cup and anything in every area of life.