World Cup Legend Sir Geoff Hurst visits St. Mary’s Menston

World Cup winning hero of 1966 Sir Geoff Hurst, the only player ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, visited St. Mary’s last Saturday.  Sir Geoff was visiting the school to present sports equipment to Guiseley Juniors FC Girls teams who work in partnership with St. Mary’s.

Sir Geoff was full of praise for the school and the club:

“The facilities here at St. Mary’s are excellent and it is great to see them so well used by the wider community.  The partnership with Guiseley Juniors is first class and it is good to see girls’ football thriving in the area.  I am not surprised to hear that St. Mary’s is such a successful school; all the best schools that I have been in have had a high commitment to sport.

St. Mary’s work in South Africa, the Bambisanani Partnership, is terrific and I am delighted to be able to support.  I have had a wonderful time at St. Mary’s; I can only see the school and the club going from strength to strength.”

The 1966 star made a big impact on St. Mary’s students Dominica Warrington and Isabel Wilkes, who both play for Guiseley Juniors.

“It was very exciting to meet Sir Geoff Hurst. He really liked our school and our football club. Sir Geoff is a real football legend and I found him inspirational because of what he has achieved and how he encouraged us.”
— Dominica Warrington

“Sir Geoff was so down to earth and friendly. I loved playing the passing game with him; he is still a good player. He was really interested in our work in South Africa which uses sport to inspire people and he offered to help us with this which is great. His visit was really special and motivating for us all.”
— Isabel Wilkes

“Sir Geoff is a real gentleman. He had time for everyone and was very generous with his time. His impact on the young people and those a lot older was quite remarkable. He was genuinely interested in the school, the club and most importantly in the young players. Very impressive; a genuine sporting legend.”
— David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher, St. Mary's Menston