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Chelsea star Canoville set for Harriers talk

Paul Canoville to talk with Harriers Academy students…



Paul Canoville [Pic - PA Images]

Harriers Academy students will be given an insight into the incredible life and career of Paul Canoville courtesy of a talk presented by the former Chelsea star.

Canoville made close to 150 senior appearances for the likes of Chelsea and Reading before sadly having to retire at the age of 24 due to injury.

During his playing days he encountered racist abuse that blighted the English game in the 1980s – even from his own fans while at Stamford Bridge – while also battling and overcoming cancer several times since hanging up his boots.

Now heading up the The Paul Canoville Foundation, which helps to engage youngsters facing the same challenges, the 58-year-old will discuss his remarkable journey when he presents a virtual talk with Academy students next week. This will offer the next generation of aspiring footballers a chance to learn from his truly unique mix of triumphs and challenges.

Paul Canoville said today: “I am really looking forward to speaking with the students and staff at Kidderminster. My own career within football was a season of highs and lows, but an experience I turned around for the positive. Racism is always a sore area but something that we have to face both indirectly and, in some situations, covertly, which is sometimes difficult to articulate at times. It is important to not let this experience define you, and that strength is necessary, especially during the present circumstances which the nation is experiencing.

“Having been diagnosed with cancer three times, experienced homelessness, the passing of my son, a drug addiction and mental health issues, having resilience was my only vice to survive remain strong, and it is a story I am proud to now be telling around the world.”

Harriers Non-Executive Director Monica Shafaq, also a Trustee of the Foundation, said today: “The work Paul and his Foundation are doing is invaluable in enabling people, especially those of a young age, to learn from not only the challenges he faced, but also his incredible achievements in football and in life.

“It is vital that we engage our own Academy by giving them this invaluable opportunity to hear from him; hopefully by taking forward some of his messages they will be well even better equipped to meet challenges head on and thrive in their careers and lives.”

For more on Paul’s Foundation and its work, visit their website.


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