Students inspired by Bassett’s sport talk
Former Dons boss the latest to give inspirational advice
FORMER Wimbledon and Sheffield United manager Dave Bassett visited Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe to speak to students in the Department of Sports Management.
Bassett, who has managed more than 1,000 games and gained promotion seven times with a variety of football clubs, said his main message was to tell the students to never give up.
The charismatic figure, who was a club boss from 1981 to 2006 and is now a member of the League Managers’ Association, is the latest in a series of speakers invited to share thoughts and experiences with students.
The speakers also include Paul Gascoigne’s former agent Mel Stein talking about the role of football agents; Bobby Barnes, of the Professional Footballers’ Association speaking about player development; and Ben Wells, former commercial
Dave Bassett (centre) with students from Buckinghamshire New manager at Chelsea and Reading, who discussed the commercial development of the game.
Bassett, who spoke to students studying a module in international commercial football management, said: “The students were lively, attentive and enthusiastic and came up with a range of questions and I just tried to share all the experience I have with them. “The main message I was keen to get across was that despite any setbacks they may have, they should never give up and always chase their dreams, because there are plenty of opportunities out there.
“There are so many roles within football, from commercial and hospitality to the business area of things, that young people can find a way to make a career in the industry, but it may require a lot of determination.”
Associate lecturer Nigel Moore added: “Inviting prominent people such as Dave Bassett from the world of sport is a great help to the students as it complements their academic studies at Bucks New University with real-life experiences that help broaden their development and prepare them for their future careers.”
Back in November, Bassett was just down the road at Chalfont St Peter AFC, being filmed for a BT Sport documentary about his days in charge of Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’.