Marvin Sordell Talk
On 21st January, Ex-Professional footballer, Marvin Sordell came to St Dominic's to give a talk to students on his own personal experiences of mental health. Marvin, who grew up in Harrow and studied at Harrow High School, began his career at Watford Football Club, after being Released by Fulham FC at the age of 16. He strongly believed he was going to be in the 1% of players who make it as a professional footballer, as opposed to the 99% that do not make it. Resilient and determined he worked his way up the ranks to eventually play in the Premier League and represent England at u20 and u21 level. Marvin's biggest footballing achievement was representing Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics where he played against the likes of Neymar and Mane who are currently ranked amongst some of the world’s greatest footballers.
During the talk, Marvin stressed how crucial it is for the students to know that it is okay to talk about the issues they may have, regardless of how big or small it may be. He then went on to explain how important it is to have an outlet for stressful situations, for example, talking to friends, family or even someone neutral. Marvin spoke of his love for reading books and learning as his own release, he even suggested taking up some sort of physical activity to help channel stress. There are many activities on offer at St Dominic’s for all students when they have some spare time.
Marvin’s key messages were “The people around you are going through the same process as you. They can be your support system” by this message Marvin explained no one will understand your struggles more than someone going through the same struggle. So talk to them as you might be able to help each other.
Conor Maher, Apprentice Sports Assistant