Stu­dents in­spired by Bas­sett’s sport talk

For­mer Dons boss the lat­est to give in­spi­ra­tional ad­vice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Dean Valler tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

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’.

EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Uni­ver­sity

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