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Jamie Vardy (Leicester City & England)


An England international who has enjoyed a meteoric rise from non-league football…

A hard-working striker that scored goals at a prolific rate in non-league football with Fleetwood Town, Vardy has enjoyed a phenomenal last two seasons with the Foxes. 
After joining in 2012, the striker went on to became a huge favourite with fans and team-mates in 2013/14 for his typically energetic and all-action displays on the field, showing that he had well and truly found his feet in the division. 
As well as winning seven penalties thanks to his pace and willingness to run at defenders, Vardy scored an impressive 16 goals alongside David Nugent in the City attack – including a memorable strike against Queens Park Rangers in December. 
It was a similar success story in the Premier League for Vardy too, as he announced his arrival with a brilliant goal to give Leicester City a 4-3 lead in their famous 5-3 victory over Manchester United in September 2014. 
His performance levels reached new heights in the back end of the campaign and his stoppage time winner away at West Bromwich Albion will live long in the memory for all City fans. 
That form eventually saw him named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia in June 2015. His international debut then came in Dublin as a second half substitute for England captain Wayne Rooney. 


 In the 2015-16 Premier League season, he scored in eleven consecutive Premier League matches, breaking Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record, and was voted the Premier League Player of the Season and FWA Footballer of the Year as outsiders Leicester won the premier league title for the first ever time. 

Read more at http://www.lcfc.com/team/player-profile/jamie-vardy/9#ywvrz7xVVl8cRDHV.99

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Sam Harrison (Leicester Tigers)


The local boy with the bright future...

A product of John Cleveland College and Hinckley RFC, scrum-half Sam Harrison made his Tigers debut in the win over Italian visitors Treviso in the Heineken Cup during 2008/09 after injuries to senior duo Harry Ellis and Julien Dupuy.

He followed club colleague Ben Youngs into the No9 shirt with England Under-20s that same season.

Harrison’s breakthrough season, though, came in 2011/12 when he was named in the squad for the Aviva Premiership Final and was shortlisted for Young Player of the Year after 18 first-team appearances.

He ended the 2012/13 campaign in the Aviva Premiership Final win at Twickenham.

An Aviva Premiership ‘A’ League winner in 2010/11, he tasted first-team action in the LV=Cup that season after graduating from the Tigers Academy.

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Paul Nixon (Leicestershire & England)

The Experienced Cricketer who helps drive our students on...

Paul Nixon is an English cricketer who played for LeicestershireEnglandEngland A,MCC and Kent

He is a wicket-keeper and left-handed batsman. He announced that he would play his final game of professional cricket at Grace Road against Kent on 6 August 2011 in a T20 quarter final, which meant that should Leicestershire beat Kent and get into finals day he would play. Leicestershire got into finals day, having had to achieve their highest ever T20 chase of 203 in 20 overs, which they managed in 19.2 overs, with Nixon scoring 31 runs from 17 deliveries. Leicestershire then went on to win the competition; firstly beating Lancashire in a super over eliminator, then beating Somerset by 18 runs in the final, meaning that Nixon got the fairytale end to his career that he dreamed of. His retirement on 27 August 2011 marked the end of his 23-year career.

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Harrison Gamble (Leicester Riders)

Hard working both on and off of court...

Harrison started his basketball career at the late age of 16. With a short introduction to the game at Woking Blackhawks he then moved to Reading Rockets and worked his way to the mens team in Division 1 of the EBL.

Harrison played four seasons with the Reading Rockets between 2008-2012. In that time he worked his way through the ranks to secure a starting spot on the club’s Division One Men’s team.

In his time with the Rockets, Harrison developed his skills which enabled him to play different positions as well as be a tough match up for any team. His ability to shoot the ball, score inside, and defend a variety of players helped the club win a substantial amount of silverware over the four seasons he played for the Rockets.

Harrison secured his first professional contract in August 2012 ready to start the basketball season in the Spanish European Basketball League (EBA) for CB Sant Josep Girona.

Harrison is not just a prolific shooter, his overall ability to score the basketball and defend the opponent’s best player is also very impressive. Always working hard, extremely professional both on and off the court he is one of the UK’s shining prospects on the market today.

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Muzzy Izzet (Leicester Legend)

Helping our young people to enjoy, compete & succeed not only in sport, but everyday life...

Mustafa Kemal "Muzzy" Izzet is a former footballer who played for Chelsea, Leicester City, Birmingham City and the Turkish National Team.

Izzet signed as a schoolboy for Chelsea, but never made a first team appearance during three years at the London club. He moved to Leicester City in March 1996 on loan for the rest of the season. He became a regular in the side, scoring one goal. When Leicester beat Crystal Palace in the play-offs, Izzet was able to make his move permanent for a fee of £800,000. He kept his place in the side for their Premier League season, which was successful for City. They came 9th in the Premier League, and won the League Cup. Izzet formed a partnership in midfield with Neil Lennon, which proved vital for Leicester.

Muzzy now runs AFDA academy with fellow ex-professional footballer and former Leicester team-mate Steve Walsh.

In September 2015 Izzet's autobiography was published, titled "Muzzy: My Story". The autobiography was co-written with Leicester Mercury writer Lee Marlow


Muzzy's wife Carly is also a patron for Dorothy Goodman School.


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Steve Durham

Cooking up a storm for our young people.

Steve has over 25 years’ experience within the hospitality industry as a professional Chef, having worked across the UK with some of the country’s most respected Chefs, including Michelin starred Sat Bains and Raymond Blanc.

Steve is a Master Craftsman member of the Craft Guild of Chefs and he has provided a recipe for the 365 Charity Cookbook alongside some great Chefs. He established Food by Steve Durham during his recovery, offering private dining, VIP events and cookery demonstrations. Over the years, Steve has successfully built a network of specialist professionals, suppliers and companies which continues to flourish, along with a variety of recommended hospitality industry partners under The Hospitality Sourcerer, Chef Consultancy

"I am very proud to become an ambassador, me & my entire family are thrilled to be part of the schools journey. I'm sure with my network within the hospitality industry we can raise lots of support for these young people"

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Graham Hunter (Sports Journalist)

Helping our young people write their own future...

Graham writes, or has written for , and reported for amongst many others: Sky Sports Spanish Football, the Scottish Mail on Sunday, ESPN, BBC Radio, Talksport, Newstalk, the Melbourne Age, Sixty Minutes, the Sunday Herald, Uefa.com, FIFA TV, the Evening Express, PlayUp.com, EightByEight (US), FourFourTwo Magazine and the PaddyPower website.

He is also the author of books Spain & Barca. Graham is currently living & working in Spain and is committed to spreading the word of our young people's achievements across Spain during his work & travel.

Graham has many contacts in the sporting & journalistic world and has offered to help wherever he can with fundraising ideas and donations. This will be a huge help in raising the profile of the school.

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Richard Wilson

Painting the people that inspire him.

"Painting large like this in Spraypaint is just the best feeling, my dreams are to try and paint people who inspire me, in interesting places like their home towns or places they are associated with (like the Claudio wall in Leicester)"

Richard's spontaneous painting of Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri brought much joy to the city of Leicester, including our young people who could not believe that such realistic paintings were created with a spray can and a photograph on a mobile phone.

His work has touched our young people and has taught them to follow their dreams wherever that make take them, who knows who they will inspire.

The work that inspired them can be seen here - http://www.richardwilsonartwork.com



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Jenny Cross (Managing Director at Niche Magazine)


Helping our young people aim high and achieve in Employability.

Jenny is passionate about working with local businesses and as managing director of Niche Magazine,  company director of Cross Productions & The Real Entrepreneurs Club is she actively promoting the work being done at Dorothy Goodman to help our young people find employment opportunities in Leicestershire.



During my last visit I was so impressed with how engaged and happy the young people were, I am thrilled to be named an ambassador for these youngsters and am looking forward to helping find exciting opportunities to support the aims of Dorothy Goodman

Jenny Cross, Director

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