Rugby stars drop by to inspire students

Rugby league players Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Jimmy Gittins at Lancaster and Morecambe College
Rugby league players Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Jimmy Gittins at Lancaster and Morecambe College
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More than 250 students at Lancaster and Morecambe College were treated to an inspirational speech by two former rugby league stars.

Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Jimmy Gittins delivered a presentation in the college’s Business and Conference Centre just days before the Rugby league World Cup kicked off at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium on Saturday.

Sculthorpe was the St Helens and Great Britain rugby league captain and is the only player in history to win the Man Of Steel award in two consecutive seasons. Gittins was a professional rugby league player for 10 years until an accident playing rugby left him with two broken bones in his neck.

He amazed the doctors by walking out of the hospital after nine months of care.

Paul and Jimmy have both overcome adversity in their lives and have collaborated under the title Engage Presenters to deliver presentations to motivate young people to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

The speech last Wednesday, October 23, not only focused on their careers but also their charity work and business ventures since retirement.

Students from the college’s sport, childcare, construction, business, beauty therapy and travel and tourism departments were all represented at the event.

Vicki Powell, Student Liaison Officer and Event Organiser, said: “The speech really demonstrated that anyone can achieve anything irrespective of their background and circumstances.

“We’re all capable and that’s a hugely important message to impart to our students.”