Crystal Palace manager gets standing ovation at awards evening
1:30pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
Crystal Palace’s manager received a standing ovation after he spoke to students at their awards night.
Ian Holloway, the manager at Crystal Palace FC, was presenting awards to students at the Oasis Academy Shirley Park.
Students from year five to year 13 received various awards for academic achievement, sporting achievement and those who had performed well in their GCSEs.
The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Eddy Arram, and Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell also presented awards.
Mr Barwell also spoke to students about his own life experiences.
Eagles’ manager Ian Holloway then rounded off the evening with a speech about his own journey through football.
A school spokeswoman said: “Ian Holloway rounded off the evening with what can only be described as the most heartfelt and emotional speech, which received a standing ovation from students, parents and staff alike.
“He talked about his own personal experiences with football and his family and the importance of self-belief for all. A truly inspirational man.
“Thank you Ian for your contribution to a truly magical evening.”