Football is a symbol that means that everyone can- at the same time, compete and live together.
[Philip Neville] Football is almost a religion to me. From the day that I was born, my father was obsessed with football, sport and Manchester United. When you’re born, your parents instil a lot of their values and loves into you! Saturday at 3pm was always boy’s time, it was the time we went to the football and nothing interrupted that. It was the biggest moment of the week. If we won, it would make our week, if we lost, it would spoil our week- it was that important to my father, to me, to my brother and my whole family.
Football has given me the opportunity to travel the world, to grow as a person. Off the field, I’ve learned so much about myself, and my personality. I’ve come out of my shell, become more confident- and have learned to handle situations that made me uncomfortable, and were well outside my comfort zone. Even from an early age, just 10 or 12, I was going away from home for pretty long periods of time to play football; and that was tough! These experiences have stood me in good stead for the rest of my life.