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England and Aston Villa footballer, Tyrone Mings, was the guest of honour at Sheldon School‘s annual Awards Evening on Thursday 6th October. The Awards Evening is the most prestigious event in the school calendar and rewards high standards of work, commitment and citizenship.

The young people who received their awards were chosen by their teachers and tutors for outstanding achievements and were presented with certificates, trophies and a voucher. Sheldon is very grateful for everyone who generously sponsors an award each year.

Tyrone was a student at Sheldon from 2004 to 2009, during which time he represented the school in football, rugby, cricket and athletics. He was a member of Southampton Academy for eight years until his release at 16. He played football for Chippenham Town before he signed for Ipswich Town in December 2012, and Aston Villa in 2018-19. He made his England debut in October 2019 and played in the UEFA 2000 Euros. Off the pitch, Tyrone has set up his own football academy – The Tyrone Mings Academy – working with children aged 6 to 16.

Tyrone and Mr Douglas, the ex-Head of PE, who returned for the evening, held a question-and-answer style session at the end of the Awards Evening, where Tyrone talked about his career, his time at school, his favourite teachers and his fondest memories. He was kind, offered advice and gave his time afterwards for the hundreds of requests for autographs and photos.

Mr Spurdell, the Headteacher of Sheldon School commented that he was “delighted that Tyrone was able to take time out of his busy schedule to attend the Awards Evening and was privileged to welcome him back. The young people in the audience, who were well-deserved participants of their awards, were very grateful and fortunate to have him as their guest of honour and hand them their trophies. It was a splendid evening all around.”

Tyrone was delighted with the mural that was recently painted in school as part of the ‘Power Your Dreams’ campaign between the Football Association and Xbox. They painted a total of six murals around England featuring Jude Bellingham, Conor Coady, Demi Stokes, Ella Toone, and Ellen White as well as Tyrone Mings.