Sidibe to share story

A premiership footballer is set to visit local students in a bid to raise aspirations among young people.

Footballer Mamady Sidibe will visit Stoke on Trent College on Wednesday, April 9th, to talk to learners about his life experiences, his rise to success and the battles he faced.

The former Stoke City player, who has just returned from a spell playing for Bulgaria, will predominantly meet male learners from the black and Asian community who will get to be part of a question and answer session with the player.

Mamady recently released an autobiography titled “The Luckiest Man in Football” which covers his life story of being a Malian boy brought up in a French suburb. The tale sheds light on how it would have been all too easy for Mamady to fall into the drug-land world but his background, personal strength and his Muslim faith created the person which made him become a top class footballer.

Mamady joined Stoke City in July 2005 and went on to help the club to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Calvin Austin, Learner Involvement Co-ordinator from Stoke on Trent College who organised the visit, said: “It is a real privilege to have Mamady in the College sharing his life experiences with our learners.

“At Stoke on Trent College we value a real education and this opportunity will help encourage our students to reach their full potential.

“Being a footballer makes Mamady a recognisable face to these learners, but he also has an exceptional story that he is willing to share. He is without doubt a positive role model for young people and we are excited to be welcoming him to the college.”

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