Liverpool and England star James Milner returned to the class room during a visit to Leeds Trinity Children’s University.
He was quizzed by 100 pupils from St Philip’s Catholic Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Hovingham Primary School and Guiseley Primary School.
In May 2015 Milner was appointed as Chancellor for the University and has since made multiple appearances there for Q&A’s and football training sessions.
During the session James was asked about his training for Leeds United, playing for England, growing up in Horsforth and various football related topics.
James was asked about the moment he realised he wanted to become a professional footballer.
He said: “I started playing football at school when I was 10 years old”.
He added: “I was offered a trial at Everton, but unfortunately it never happened. Then Leeds United rang, and after my trial there, I started playing for them. It became my focus from then on – but I always had to do my homework first! I would love to play for Leeds again, never say never!”
When asked about how he overcame challenging situations, James said: “How you respond to challenging situations makes you come back stronger. You need to learn from these situations and keep trying.”
Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: “It’s great to have James on board with the initiative as he is a high profile and inspirational figure who can motivate children. He has been a fantastic role model and perfect Chancellor for Leeds Children’s University for over a year, and we are always delighted to welcome him back to Leeds Trinity.”
James Milner is set to make his second annual visit to the University again in December where another Q&A and training session will be held.