Harrogate Town’s star striker Chib Chilaka recently visited Rossett High School in Harrogate to talk to a select group of students on the theme of resilience.
The students had been learning about the concept of resilience which, as teacher of history Mr David West explained, was designed to: “allow the students to see failure as a part of learning. Alongside this we have ran a ‘resilience factor’ competition which has allowed students to showcase examples of them being resilient either inside or outside of school. This all culminated last week with our resilience week.
“During this week lessons were specifically designed to promote resilience and students collected examples of their resilient behaviour on ‘passports’ which they carried to each lesson.”
Chib was impressed with the level of questions that the students had asked him.
“The visit was about resilience and how the kids can use that to succeed in whatever they do,” he said.
“So I was asked to share my life experiences in and out of football about when I’ve had to be resilient and hopefully get the message across that they can achieve great things in their lives by just persisting no matter what setbacks they experience.
“They were a great bunch and asked some very inquisitive questions, I wish them all the best in their future and hope to see their bright faces at the CNG as often as possible.”
Following the event, Mr West praised Chib for all his efforts with the students.
“I would like to say what a fantastic role model he was were for our students, the students got a lot out of hearing his inspirational message,” he said.
“Chib is a credit both to Harrogate Town and to the footballing profession.”
This was also enforced by Chairman of Harrogate Town Community Foundation and club director Tad Nowakowski.
“We are very fortunate that at the moment within the club we have players and staff that are willing to go out into the community and help organisations, such as schools, help in promoting what work they are doing,” he said.
“Chib has made another excellent contribution to help raise our community profile, and for such a great message that Rossett High School is trying to convey.”
To see Chib’s question and answer session with the students.