Rugby hero Martin Offiah touches down at a secondary school in Alperton

England rugby champion Martin Offiah with year eight pupils at Alperton Community School

England rugby champion Martin Offiah with year eight pupils at Alperton Community School - Credit: Archant

A rugby league legend dropped in on pupils from a secondary school in Alperton.

Martin Offiah touched down at Alperton Community School in Stanley Avenue, to share with pupils highlights of his life and career.

The England professional player, once the fastest man in Rugby, is now immortalised in a statue outside Wembley Stadium.

The 48-year-old, nicknamed “Chariots” Offiah after the film Chariots of Fire, passed on his tips for success in a motivational and inspiring presentation to year 10 pupils.

He showed the pupils a clip of his world famous try in the 2004 Challenge Cup Final and explained his success in rugby was because he gave time to develop his talent, learnt how to apply himself, and remained determined in the face of challenges.


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He told the enthralled crowd he knew how to accept, appreciate and learn from the people he encountered throughout his life.

He then led a challenging rugby session with year eight boys and girls.

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Gerard McKenna, headteacher, said: “It was a great honour to welcome Martin to our school. One cannot fail to be impressed by a sports star who has been immortalised in a statue outside Wembley Stadium in his own lifetime. Martin inspired and motivated our students by telling his story. He showed a clip of the famous try he scored in 2004 Challenge Cup Final during a Year 10 assembly, it drew gasps of astonishments from our students”.

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