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Fabrice Muamba at Latics

4 August 2013

Don't neglect studies says former player

Latics' scholars received a surprise visit from Fabrice Muamba, the former Arsenal, Birmingham City, Bolton and England under-21 midfield man.

It was arranged by the Professional Footballers' Association as Muamba gave them a talk about the importance of education.

Muamba knows only too well after his career was ended at the age of 23 following a cardiac arrest.

He collapsed on the field of play during Bolton's Premier League match at Tottenham in March 2012 and his heart stopped for almost an hour.

Muamba said: "Nobody is guaranteed to be a footballer so it is important to be educated so you can move forward in life.

"Education was a big part in my life and it has helped me make the transition from being a player."

Muamba is working for the PFA's education department and says they provide invaluable help to players as they find education and training courses for their members and often fully fund them.

Muamba, who made 229 career appearances, also spoke to Latics' scholars about his drive to get as many defibrillators as possible in public places as they can help save lives when anybody has a cardiac arrest.

He is pictured giving the talk to Latics' youngsters in the O2 Business Lounge.

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