For fans of The Scratching Shed there can surely be no more cunning way to make your mark on the next event you’re tasked with organising than by sneaking in an appearance from one of your favourite former players in the form of a motivational speaker.

Footballers generally make excellent celebrity speakers at all sorts of corporate events – whether it’s endorsing your business at a launch event, giving a pep talk to your colleagues at an away day or simply adding some celebrity glamour to an awards evening.

If you’re the person with the reins, it can be the perfect way to sneak a little bit of your personality into an event, while also earning brownie-points with the boss.

Surprisingly, footballers often make for the kind of celebrity speaker at an event who not only provides a draw to people from all walks of life to attend, but also ensures they’re talking about it for weeks afterwards.

The rags to riches stories which many footballers boast are eminently relatable to many of us, and mean that it doesn’t have to be an audience full of die-hard Leeds United fans to enjoy an interlude from a former player. Footballers who have faced adversity often make for excellent motivational speakers – and they’re sure to add a bit of interest to your next development day or training course!

A real character like former Leeds United player Chris Kamara – a member of the 1990 team which won the Division 2 title – is sure to inject some humour into any proceedings, and appeal to football fans and philistines alike.

The easygoing manner Kamara possesses makes him an ideal choice for any kind of compering role – at an awards evening for instance. Now a pundit for Sky Sports, Kamara is much loved in the local area and beyond for his enthusiasm and visible excitement – the perfect person to help make corporate events fun.

Of course, he’s far from the only Leeds United player available as an after dinner speaker – another LUFC player on the public speaking circuit is Carlton Palmer who won 18 caps for England during a glittering career in football and is also a TV pundit in the present day. Meanwhile, Clarke Carlisle has played for the team more recently and his experiences working to promote equality in football give him an interesting take on the business, as does his recent brush with his own mortality.

If you’re looking for a Leeds United player to appear as a celebrity speaker at your next event, then come and take a look at MN2S. The London based celebrity agency offers all sorts of sporting stars for endorsements, motivational speaking, presenting awards and much more besides.

  • rlashmore

    Think they might only be useful for funerals and wakes after the QPR performance. They’re good at putting on sad faces.

  • markman

    Lets hope Status Quo’s
    down down deeper and down is not playing in the backround.

  • Was only thinking the other day…. as a Club, Leeds won’t go anywhere until it re-invents itself…. perhaps this is it?.

    • Matthew

      Leeds won’t go anywhere until it gets an owner with the ambition to match the clubs size. I can’t help but think of how bad Wednesday were last season against us before their owner put his hand in his pocket, brought in some quality players and they finished 6th. We however lack the ambition to get Bridcutt over the line. I mean ffs, pay up his contract, and negotiate a reasonable wage, its not rocket science. Sunderland want him gone, its hardly a massive fee to pay.