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David Dein taking a question from a Year 10 pupil

In late September, Central Foundation welcomed Premier League architect David Dein to deliver a lecture to over 100 students from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Dein is the former vice-chairman of both Arsenal FC and the Football Association. He served as vice-chairman of Arsenal from 1983 – 2007, having invested his own money in the club and was responsible for transforming Highbury into an all-seater stadium.

He joined the Football Association as a board member and later took a place on the council. It was there he became a major architect in the creation of the Premier League in 1992, which has revolutionised football in England.

During his lecture, Dein discussed the reasons behind his plan to restructure football. He detailed why his work was successful, both as a business and sporting strategy, and the challenges he faced in implementing it. After the lecture, Dein fielded questions from the students who were intrigued to analyse his career both from a role within business management and with respect to sport as a leisure activity.


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