Brighton and Hove Albion right-back Inigo Calderon presented to a group of unemployed local people at Want to Work partner's Pinnacle People's offices in central Brighton last week.
The Spaniard, who has two degrees and previously lectured students at the Amex, delivered a motivational speech, focusing on his homeland experiences and his journey to the npower Championship, before co-delivering a workshop to the hosts at their offices in North Street.
Inigo described his friend's struggle to find a professional club. Antonio Reguero has played in the Spanish lower leagues and was keen to ply his trade in the UK. The goalkeeper was offered, an ultimately unsuccessful trial at Leyton Orient. He persevered and eventually signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League, recently keeping a clean sheet in an impressive away victory at current champions Celtic.
In an inspirational lecture, Inigo explained the difference between IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient) and how the two areas affect everyday life, decision making and pathways to employment, using football situations as examples. Motivation, self-confidence, concentration, physical and psychological preparation were the key buzzwords.
Pinnacle People, who design and deliver specialist skills and training for unemployed people, have been working closely with Albion in the Community to provide a series of workshops aimed at assisting the long-term unemployed back into work.
The workshops provided information, advice and guidance on a range of employability skills, and form part of an accredited qualification attractive to potential employers: the Step Up Employability Award.
Karen Milligan, Service Delivery Manager for Pinnacle People, said; "It was fantastic to hear about Inigo's experiences. The event inspired our customers and showed them that they can achieve their employment goals. We aim to support every one of our customers towards sustainable employment and are delighted to be working with Albion in the Community towards this common goal."
Pinnacle People deliver programmes nationally, working to address barriers faced by unemployed people, meet employer needs and promote social and economic mobility in disadvantaged communities. They help thousands of people back into work every year.
Education is a theme at the heart of The Football League Trust, and local communities are regularly engaged by The Trust's 72 clubs through numerous projects and programmes like this, with the vision of making people more employable.
The Futsal Education programme is a prime example, offering a unique opportunity for talented 16 - 18 year old football players, both boys and girls, to pursue a two-year scholarship, in which their CV's will be enhanced by gaining a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, worth up to three A Levels. For more information, visit www.tvseducation.com.
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