Barry Bannan took time out of his schedule last Thursday afternoon to meet patrons of Bolton’s Ingeus UK project.
Run in partnership with the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, the scheme aims to support people who have been long term unemployed and help them to build up their self-esteem and confidence alongside enhancing their skills to become ready for gaining employment in the near future.
Joining a group in Macron Stadium’s Media Suite, the midfielder spoke to the group about the disciplines and dedication needed to be a professional footballer and how such mentality can be transferred to other aspects of life.
He also spoke of the sacrifices he made on the way as a youngster in order to keep fit, healthy and ready for the game.
Led by Phil Mason, Head of the Community Trust at the club, Bannan was quizzed by staff and patrons alike before signing autographs and posing for photos while former Newcastle United defender Olivier Bernard was also present to offer advice on a project close to his own heart.
Speaking following the conclusion of the event, Phil Mason said, “The group really appreciated the surprise visit and left the workshop really upbeat about their own aspirations.”
Ben Lawton, Manager of the Community Trust, added “The group have had a great week with a variety of experiences and disciplines being taught through boxing, football and the workplace.
“On top of all that, the visit from Barry topped off the week perfectly.”
Dedicated to designing the right support for each individual to help them progress into work and in life, Ingeus work alongside over 100 partner organisations from the public, private and third sectors.
Since starting out in the UK in 2002, the company has grown from a team of three people to become a leading provider of people-centred services, now boasting a network of more than 80 offices and 1,600 employees.