Football’s coming home to St John’s College!

The second half of the Spring Term saw the launch of two new football clubs at St John’s College in Southsea, run by former English footballer, David Leworthy.

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24th February 2020 — David began his career at Portsmouth at the age of 9 and made his debut as a substitute in the 1981-82 season while in the old Division 3. He moved to Fareham Town the following season, making over 50 appearances and scoring 44 goals that year. David was scouted in that season by Tottenham Hotspur, who signed him to Division 1, where he played alongside some world class players including Ray Clemence, Chris Houghton, Gary Mabbutt, Gary Stevens, Ossie Ardiles, Glenn Hoddle and Clive Allen. David continued to play in the top leagues for Oxford and Reading before Dover Athletic broke the non-league transfer record, paying £50,000 to Farnborough Town to sign him in 1993. During his time at Dover he made 127 appearances, scored 61 goals and played for the England semi-professional team four times.

On Monday 24th February, Year 7 and 8 students from St John’s College welcomed David to the pitch for their first Football Club session, where they enjoyed a range of warm up exercises, drills and a friendly match between players.

David commented, “I am extremely grateful to St John’s College for the opportunity to give back to the community. Being a local lad myself, it’s great to be able to share my knowledge and experience with students from my home town. As my family have now followed in my footsteps - my son is a coach for Larne Ladies FC and his wife plays for the team; our grandchildren are also part of the Larne Youth Football Club – I feel excited and enthusiastic about giving more children the opportunity to learn new skills and encourage the next generation, both girls and boys, to consider a career in football.” The second Football Club is open to Year 10 and 11 students and takes place on a Friday lunchtime.

Mr Kevin Long, Director of Sport at St John’s College, commented, “It’s great to have David join our extensive co-curricular programme, offering his wealth of experience of association football to our students. Whilst the lunchtime club is open to all abilities, the next Oxlade-Chamberlain could be spotted!”

However, it’s not just the senior students who are enjoying the football season – after the success of the U11 Girls’ Football Club last half term, the team have been invited to play at the Goals’ 6-a-side tournament later this week.

About St John's College

St John’s College is an independent day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 2 – 18, located in the heart of Southsea. At St John’s College we offer a unique atmosphere and a caring community where every student is encouraged to set high standards in all they do in order to challenge themselves to realise and fulfil their potential. We pride ourselves on the academic achievements of our students and are proud of the value that we add to these results.

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