Antoine Sibierski tells students ‘Language Matters’ in Sport
Language students at Cheadle Hulme School were taught about the importance of languages in sport during a visit by former Manchester City legend and French professional footballer Antoine Sibierski.
Antoine spoke to Senior and Sixth Form students as part of series of talks – called Language Matters - about how language can be useful in everyday life. He spoke about his own experiences as a French speaking player in English football and what it is like to play as part of a multi-lingual team.
“Football is an international Language, but it also gave me my second language, English,” he said. “I had a plan that if I couldn’t get the hang of it after three years, I would leave.”
He advised the students not to be afraid of making mistakes in learning language, and joked about once experiencing a communication breakdown with football teammate Robbie Fowler following a misunderstanding about taking a corner.
During the 45 minute session, the students took part in a Q&A, asking Antoine specific questions about languages and his footballing career, which he answered in French, before being interpreted by students and staff.
Watch out for news of the next Language Matters talk, coming soon.