Footballer George already setting future goals

Published: 16 October 2019 at 17:00

George Lapslie

Charlton Athletic star graduates from coaching degree at Anglia Ruskin University

Charlton Athletic footballer George Lapslie is wasting no time setting future goals, having graduated from his degree at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) this week.

The midfielder, originally from Essex, has spent the last three years studying for a Coaching For Performance in Football degree at ARU while helping his club rise back into the Championship.

George, a former pupil of St Martin’s School in Brentwood, graduated this week and was accompanied at the ceremony at the Cambridge Corn Exchange by his family, including brother Tom who plays for Colchester United, and his long-term partner Ruth Scott.

George’s journey started when Charlton was visited by ARU three years ago, and he decided to embark on the degree.

The 22-year-old said:

“It was a no brainer to carry on my education. It’s important to know that football’s not going to last forever, whether you have a full career or a bad injury. It’s about having something else to focus on.

“All the lecturers have been really helpful, there was times when it was a struggle combining playing and studying but they really helped me. I’m very proud of what I have achieved and my family are proud too.

“Charlton have been very helpful to me too and the door has always been open to me for that support. For any young footballers thinking about doing this course, now’s the time to do it because there is funding available through the PFA and clubs.”