On 27 March, John Obi Mikel, RIF Trust’s Global Brand Ambassador and former Premier League football legend, visited the Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai to host a one-off football session for several Year 2 pupils on March 20. Mikel seeks to inspire children to become global leaders on and off the field and gave the pupils a fantastic motivational speech.
Mikel is a former Nigerian footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He won the Champions League, the Premier League and the Africa Cup of Nations among other trophies. He retired from football in 2022 at the age of 35.
“Education and opportunity are the keys to unlocking one’s potential and pursuing one’s dreams,” Mikel said during his visit. “I am impressed by the Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai’s commitment to providing a high-quality education that fosters academic excellence, personal development and co-curricular activities. The Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai offers a world-class education that prepares students to be future global leaders.”
“We are delighted to welcome one of our parents, Mikel, to the school to inspire our pupils to follow their dreams, overcome challenges and pursue their passion in sport” said Clare Turnbull, the school’s Principal.
Mikel’s visit to the Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai was a reminder of the power of education and opportunity to transform lives and the importance of nurturing global talent and innovation.