For­mer Manch­ester City coach to help school achieve its goals

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A SCHOOL has net­ted a for­mer foot­ball coach and tal­ent man­ager to help its pupils and staff ex­cel.

Tyther­ing­ton School has teamed up with Pete Lowe, for­mer head of per­for­mance at Manch­ester City Foot­ball Club.

Pete, who was a for­mer PE teacher be­fore work­ing in foot­ball, plans to trans­late some lessons from the Premier­ship into the world of education.

Pete, who founded his own train­ing com­pany First Team Ltd, spent more than 13 years in the Premier­ship and helped to cre­ate 39 first team play­ers and 25 in­ter­na­tional foot­ballers.

First Team Ltd pro­vides busi­nesses with per­for­mance strate­gies de­vel­oped in the com­pet­i­tive world of premier league foot­ball. Pete will now in­tro­duce sim­i­lar strate­gies to school pupils,to help them un­der­stand what it takes to suc­ceed and to give them the edge in their fu­ture ca­reers.

Head­teacher Manny Botwe, who joined the school in Septem­ber last year, will be work­ing with Pete to fo­cus on the school’s am­bi­tions and build on its ex­ist­ing achieve­ments.

Mr Botwe said that aca­demic per­for­mance was key for him but that he placed an equal em­pha­sis on cre­at­ing ‘a cul­ture of rest­less am­bi­tion, strong val­ues and greater con­nec­tiv­ity with the lo­cal com­mu­nity’.

He said: “Pete’s be­lief in an un­re­lent­ing com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment is re­ally ex­cit­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing and he is help­ing us to hold a mir­ror up to our­selves.

“He is en­cour­ag­ing us to be brave enough to think dif­fer­ently and imag­i­na­tively about the way we do things.”

He added: “It is about draw­ing on the solid foun­da­tion we al­ready have in place and con­tin­u­ally rais­ing the bar. Pete’s en­thu­si­asm re­ally is con­ta­gious and he has real po­ten­tial to in­flu­ence the whole school.”

Pete Lowe said: “Manny is a head­teacher who be­lieves in lead­ing by ex­am­ple who has the vi­sion and the en­ergy to learn from other sec­tors and trans­late th­ese in­sights into the school en­vi­ron­ment, which is a breath of fresh air.

“I’m work­ing with his team to de­velop a cul­ture of em­pow­er­ment, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to chal­lenge the ac­cepted way­things, which will in­spire the stu­dents to be­come to­mor­row’s lead­ers.”

●● Tyther­ing­ton School head­teacher Manny Botwe, left, with Pete Lowe, for­mer head of education and per­for­mance man­age­ment at Manch­ester City Foot­ball Club

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