Gyasi Merrique Legendary T&T footballer, Dwight Yorke, delivered a motivational address to students of Patience Hill Government Primary School yesterday, after they completed the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA).
Yorke’s address was done on the invitation of the Tobago House of Assembly’s Secretary of Sport, Jomo Pitt and principal of the school Lester Alleyne.
“It was basically to let the children know that you can make it and you can achieve the goals that you want to achieve if you really have the right fundamentals.
You’re looking at one of your very own; somebody who was very much in the same position, sitting in those same classrooms but had the ambition to be somebody different,” said Yorke.
The former Manchester United striker is hoping to continue bringing words of encouragement to Tobago’s youth and even wants to extend further, stating: “I think that my role with the THA going forward as sports ambassador and certainly as tourism ambassador, something that we are trying to extend is sports education.
This is something that I’ve always tried to get in the system and its just nice to see it finally implemented.
“Hopefully now I’ll visit more schools and interact with the kids so that they can have that insight that I’ve been there and done it and that I’m living proof. That is something that I’m working on with the THA and the Minister of Sports. I want to go out and reach out to kids who may not have heard the name, let alone meet me.”
Now 45 years old, Yorke is trying to get into the football managerial profession and recently spoke out against the lack of black and ethnic minority managers throughout the ranks of football in the UK.