Speaker Profile: Gerard Jones
Award-winning Entrepreneur, Football Superstar and Future England Manager!
Gerard founded the Gerard School of Football Ltd in February 2009, at this time he was a nineteen year old University Student. Since then the school has grown into becoming Britain's leading specialist football development centre for young people with over 1,500 children (ages 5-15) years old attending it's programme weekly.
Gerard, in partnership with Arsenal Football Club operated 'Arsenal soccer Schools' in East Yorkshire. This is one of the world's largest soccer school programmes. In 2010 the Gerard School of Football was named among the Top 100 Best Business Start-Ups List in the UK for that year.
Currently Gerard runs Premier Skills Coaching Ltd, regional arm throughout Yorkshire, a market leader in coach education and player development, specializing in football development. He is also studying for a Master's degree in Performance Coaching at the University of Stirling, Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence.
His talents and passion for sport has not gone unnoticed, bookies William Hill are taking bets on him becoming a future England Manager at 1000-1 odds!
Gerard shows students how to over-come obstacles, set goals and achieve them, improve their confidence, and deal with adversity whilst using his inspirational story and expertise to enthuse students to become more enterprising, realise their potential and fulfill their dreams, His favorite quote is "Entrepreneurs believe then they see it come alive, wazzocks need to see it first before they can believe it."
Awards to date:
Published in entrepreneur book among World Top 25 by Marshall Cavendish (subsidiary to the Times Publishing Group ) in 2012
One of the top 7 Young Entrepreneurs in the UK by the Guardian/Observer in 2011
Top 50 most talented people in the North of England for 2011 by IPPR North
Won Future 100 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010 by Striding Out, sponsored by Natwest.
Awarded 'Ambassador' status for Entrepreneurship in the UK by Enterprise UK in 2009.
" I would like to thank you for your support at the Make Your Mark challenge as it is very much appreciated. The students really enjoyed the day and your insight was invaluable. We look forward to working with you again in the future." Stephen Logan, Careers & Aim Higher Coordinator at Malet Lambert School Language College
" Thank you for the presentations you gave, they were really interesting and gave the students a fantastic insight into how to set up a new business (especially starting out with little financial backing!) We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from students, particularly as you are a young entrepreneur. If we have any future events which we think you might be interested in, I’ll be in touch." Kirsty Murray, CIPs Marketing and Communications Officer at Newham College (London)