kent-cricketLocal business leaders have been inspired to get the most from their teams following a visit from former England cricket captain and Clydesdale Bank ambassador Alec Stewart.

At an event jointly hosted with McBrides Chartered Accountants, Alec was special guest at a lunch with contacts and staff of both organisations.

Lunch was followed by a visit to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School where Alec brought his years of international cricketing experience to bear in a coaching session with some of the students.

Paul Marshall, Head of Clydesdale Bank’s Regional Business and Private Banking Centre in Gatwick, said: “As England’s former captain and most capped Test cricketer of all time, Alec has plenty to offer both businessmen and students.

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“At lunch Alec spoke of life in the England dressing room, his time on tour in countries such as India, South Africa and Australia, and the leadership qualities required to spur his side on to victory, skills that are just as important in cultivating a successful business environment.

“The coaching session gave Alec the chance to pass some of his practical skills on to the next generation of cricketers, something he clearly relishes. The students all enjoyed the experience and came away with a number of tips on how to improve their performance and hone their skills.”

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Nigel Kimber, Corporate Finance Director at McBrides, said: “We were delighted to be able to offer some of our clients the opportunity to meet a true cricket legend, and to facilitate the coaching session at a local school was even more satisfying. The discipline and leadership techniques Alec described apply equally to cricket and business and no doubt all of those who attended will have taken them on board in the context of their day to day activities.”

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