“It was such a lovely surprise” – That’s what Nathan Batten, Head Boy at Medina College had to say as Gary Lineker made an unexpected visit to the school yesterday (Thursday).

Credit: Medina College
Credit: Medina College
The football superstar was there to open the new library which has been renovated with the help of Deputy Headteacher, Will Doyle whose was keen to have someone inspiring to come along. The former England striker – who’s aunt works at the school – spoke to pupils, signed books and had pictures taken with them.
Credit: Medina College
Credit: Medina College
Nathan Batten , Head Boy at Medina College said:

“I didn’t really expect it at all especially on the Island, we often seem to get forgotten about but he was really nice and down to earth “First of all he talked how important it was reading and then he shook my hand and said hello and how good it was to be there.”

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Credit: Medina College
Kira Smith, a student and football enthusiast said:

“I was really surprised because Mr Doyle was talking to me in music about him and I didn’t twig that he was coming because he told me to come to the library at half 12 so I just didn’t know. “Basically he said hello and basically just shook my hand and signed my book for me.”

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Credit: Medina College
Medina College Student, Amber-Rae Adkins-Hughes said:

“I was really surprised because I had been at this Shakespeare thing all day so I had no idea what was happening and I just got all of a sudden pulled from Shakespeare to go into the library and he was there and I was so surprised and so happy and it was really nice meeting him. “He said about how important it was to read and he signed a David Walliams book for me and he got a picture with me.”

Credit: Medina College
Credit: Medina College
Helen Abbs, Extended Services and Wider Community Coordinator of the school said:

“Basically he happens to be my nephew and I just asked him to come over, if he would , and open the library and speak to the students and sign some books. So he signed footballs, some prospectus’, he signed the students books…and just spoke to them really about the importance of reading and how if they don’t, they can’t get on in life. It’s the crux to everything really.”  

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