Back to college for Chorley-born professional footballer

This Is Lancashire: REUNION: Alex Kenyon with Phil Brown from Myerscough College REUNION: Alex Kenyon with Phil Brown from Myerscough College

A professional footballer from Chorley returned to his former college to inspire the current generation of learners to achieve in the game.

Alex Kenyon, 21, visited Myerscough College where he studied a BTEC Diploma in Football Studies before eventually graduating with a foundation degree in football coaching in 2012.

He began his playing career as a trainee at Everton, before spells at non-league Chorley and Lancaster City, where his performances earned him a move to Conference side, Stockport County, in 2011.

Since then his career has soared again and after being named player of the year at Edgeley Park last season, he signed a deal with League 2 Morecambe in the summer, quickly becoming a first team regular.

He spent time chatting to current students before presenting the college with a signed shirt.

Alex, said: ‘’I’ve come a long way since my college days. I’m doing ok so far and I’m working my way up the professional game. I loved my time at Myerscough and it shows that if you’re dedicated then you can make it. I always wanted to be a pro and although my friends and family were sceptical, in my head there wasn’t going to be another option.”

“The qualifications give me something to fall back on outside of being a professional player, in coaching or another area of the game’’.

Phil Brown is the head of the Myerscough College Football Academy. He said: ‘’Alex was a model student here and it’s great to see him back. He had a clear goal but didn’t shirk his academic responsibilities.

“I’m chuffed he’s where he is and hopefully he will have a long, successful career in the game.”

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