There are just three people in the world who have won a Premier League, Championship and League One winners medal with the same club, Steve Walsh the Director of Football at Everton FC is one of them…
All three medals took centre stage as LLS welcomed an audience of students, parents and teachers to Liverpool Hope University for an insightful ‘90 minutes’ of question and answer, led by Sky Sports broadcaster, Alan Irwin.
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Achieving the unimaginable
An upbeat Leicester City FC highlight video kicked off proceedings which included some powerful words from Jamie Carragher; ‘Steve Walsh you can argue has had as big an impact on this title win as the manager, (and) the players there… The signings Leicester have made are some of the greatest signings you’ll ever see in Premier League history’.
Ten out of the starting eleven. This was the number of players Steve was directly involved with recruiting, minus the goal keeper, Kasper Schmeichel who Sven Goran Eriksson had signed from Leeds United in 2011.
Chelsea FC’s N’Golo Kante is currently Steve’s favourite player in the world, when asked ‘why?’ he simply replied: ‘because of his energy levels and what he brings to the team’. Check out his answers to more football related questions by clicking HERE
Regular calls from Premier League Managers
A professional network is something we actively assist our sixth form students to develop at LLS and Steve emphasised the importance of young people developing good relationships with people in whatever their chosen career industry. Even now he receives weekly calls from Premier League managers asking for his opinion on certain players; ‘sometimes I have to be careful in case we want to sign them ourselves’, he laughed.
Half time
The half time whistle gave the audience a welcome break to stretch their legs and take a few selfies with our guest.
A live Facebook competition gave everybody in attendance the chance to win two tickets to Everton FC v Leicester City FC at Goodison Park and the winner for question of the night went to Jack Ashcroft, an LLS Year 12 student who is based at Bebington High School in Wirral.
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Who is the player you most regret not signing after scouting them?
 ‘The one that got away, and my wife knows this, is Seamus Coleman. It’s embarrassing really. I watched him a few times but Everton eventually took the plunge and then he went to Blackpool. £60,000? Unbelievable!’
‘I don’t even want to know how much he’s worth now. I want to keep him!’
The Director of Football role
‘It’s an evolving role. I’ve been there seven months now and I’ve put a complete new recruitment unit in place. Within the recruitment department I’ve probably got a network of 30 scouts out there.’
A unique CV
Putting the competitive nature of the football and sports industry into context for the students, Steve explained how he received around 450 applications for an internship just before he left Leicester.
‘You need to try and make your CV stand out’, were his words of advice and we are very proud to help young people do just that.
Many of the Year 13 students who will graduate from LLS’ sixth form programmes this summer will have accumulated more than 500 hours of voluntary work experience at primary schools, with local sports clubs and at overseas organisations such as the Kisakallio Sports Institute in Helsinki, Finland.
The next steps
Before following pathways onto University or Apprenticeships, students will further help themselves stand out from the crowd by working in some of the following countries during the summer months of 2017: USA, Canada, Sri Lanka, China and Qatar.
LLS asked Steve Walsh his thoughts on our work to conclude and this is what he said: ‘I think the work of LLS is terrific, it gives people the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life’.
If you’re in Year 11 or aged 16-18 and passionate about a career in the sports industry, we would encourage you to apply for one of the limited places available on our sixth form programmes in the North West of England, North Wales, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. You can do so by emailing your full name, current school and contact number to yourfuture@llsonline.uk
Further information can be found by visiting www.llsonline.uk
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