When the Manchester United Legend Visited Operation Breakthrough
July 28, 2013
Legendary England footballer and Laureus World Sports Academy Member Sir Bobby Charlton who was in Hong Kong during Manchester United’s Far East pre-season tour, was speaking during his visit to the Laureus-supported Operation Breakthrough project.
Sir Bobby said: “Since I have been here I have seen so many young people who have had trouble in the past, but coming to this project has really turned the corner for them. Some of them were on the wrong track and were struggling to make their mark before they came here. I enjoyed chatting to them and they listened really carefully. I found it an absolute pleasure.”
One of the highlights of the visit was the presentation by Sir Bobby of a special certificate to Sures Gurung, who has been involved with both Operation Breakthrough boxing and rugby programmes. Supported financially by the project, Sures last year had his first professional fight, which he won, despite a broken nose.
The award marked the completion of Sures’ university degree. He said: “I could never have achieved success both as a sportsman and also with my studies without the support and encouragement of Operation Breakthrough and Laureus. Knowing that legends like Sir Bobby are on your team really boosts your confidence and gives you a lift."
Sir Bobby Charlton is a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a unique association of 46 of the greatest living sporting legends who volunteer their time to act as global ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.