Leeds Trinity University hosts “night of inspiration” with Jamie Peacock MBE

Leeds Trinity University will host an array of high-profile, motivational speakers on Thursday 14 September, headed by Rugby League legend Jamie Peacock MBE.

The theme of the evening is leadership and inspiration, and features guests from all walks of life and business. Joining Jamie will be former England captain and Leeds Rhinos all-time leading point’s scorer Kevin Sinfield MBE, blind army veteran Simon Brown and the founder and Managing Director of Arc Inspirations Martin Wolstencroft.

The event will be hosted by BBC Sports presenter Tanya Arnold and each speaker will talk for 20 to 30 minutes, with various intervals for refreshments, questions and opportunities to network.

Jamie believes it will be a fantastic evening and urges anyone willing to be inspired to come along.

He said: “With the stresses of modern day life mounting I feel it is important everyone has the opportunity to be inspired at different points of their lives and this will be a night of inspiration.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to give people access to some really high-profile motivational speakers for just £20. Normally to go see these kinds of speakers you’d need to go to a sportsman’s dinner and you’d have to spend a lot more just to see one speaker, so to get to see four all in one evening is really something not to be missed.”

Jamie is considered to be one of the best Rugby League players of all time and holds the world record for the most Grand Final wins, nine, as well as captaining his country for four years between 2008 and 2012.

On the evening, the current Hull KR manager and England team manager, will be delivering his keynote speech, No White Flag, about using leadership, self-belief and attitude to overcome a lack of natural sporting talent and become one of England’s best leaders and captains.

He hopes his talk will be of inspiration to everyone, but students in particular.

He added: “As a student you learn a lot of academic lessons, but I think in life now, to get on and be successful, you need some of the softer skills in life to achieve the right balance.

“Success is measured in many different ways, and I feel leadership is one skill that can definitely be learnt and one that I’m passionate to pass on to the students here at Leeds Trinity.

“I was a shy 19 year old like many of the students here and I managed to develop into a good leader in sport and captain my country, so I want to pass on the lessons I’ve learned along during my experiences and inspire them in both their studies and in what they want to do in later life.”

Sarah Studds, sports facilities manager at Leeds Trinity University, said: “Working in the sporting environment, we are all too aware of the motivation and focus required to compete and succeed in the modern world, and I am looking forward to hearing first hand stories from a real legend of sport.

“I’m hoping that the evening will really inspire me, our staff, students and attendees to see the value of motivational leadership and that there will be lots of other tips from the other speakers to use in my professional career in the future too.”

Other speakers include:

  • Martin Wolstencroft, a hugely successful businessman, having developed a number of successful businesses in the leisure and hospitality sectors;
  • Kevin Sinfield MBE, a former teammate of Jamie’s who has played his entire professional career to date with Leeds and is one of the most successful players in Super League history, having captained the team to seven Super League championships and two Challenge Cup successes; and
  • Simon Brown, a corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers attached to 2 Lancs in Iraq, who lost his left eye and 20 per cent of the vision in his right eye during a rescue mission in Basra in 2006. Now working full time in Blind Veterans UK’s Headquarters as a Memberships Officer, Simon is responsible for recruiting more blind veterans, He has been recognised for his contribution to charity with a General Officer Commanding Commendation.

The event will take place at Leeds Trinity University on Thursday 14 September 2017 from 7.00 – 10.00pm. Tickets cost £20 and can be bought online at Eventbrite or by email.


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