A talented football star returned to home turf to inspire the next generation at a University of Wolverhampton event.
Jamille Matt plays for League Two team Newport County AFC, who beat former Premier League champions Leicester City in this year’s FA Cup.
Jamille graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a BSc (Hons) in Counselling Psychology in 2011, and has spoken about how he uses the skills he learned while he was studying to prepare for big games.
He returned to Wolverhampton to take part in a Children’s University graduation in the Chancellor’s Hall recently.
The striker met pupils from Black Country and Birmingham schools who have been taking part in the programme which provides innovative and exciting out of school hours learning activities for children and young people aged 7 -14 years.
The 29-year-old said: “It's fantastic to be invited back to the University of Wolverhampton to support the Children's University programme. It all started here for me and I'd like to encourage the children to work hard and follow their dreams.”
Amy Allen, University of Wolverhampton Children’s University Manager, said: “The Children’s University is all about raising aspirations and encouraging children to aim high, so we were delighted to welcome a successful University of Wolverhampton graduate such as Jamille back to share his experiences.”
Jamille, who kicked off his career at Sutton Coldfield Town before moving to Kidderminster Harriers in 2010, has said his future aspirations are to use his Counselling Psychology degree in conjunction with his football career.
Children’s University participants own a Passport to Learning in which they are encouraged to collect hours of learning towards recognised levels of achievement.
Activities pupils can take part in include ‘why uni?’ in Year 6; ‘build a university’ in Years 5 and 6; ‘what’s inside me?’ through the University’s STEM response team, plus events such as SciFest or Sportsfest.
For more information about the Children’s University, visit: https://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/
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Date Issued: Monday, 01 July 2019