It's been a very long long time since I have done an update here! Like always it's been positively hectic here at the Star Swimming Academy. As I type, I look out of my window and all I see is water! Not the type I like but sadly it's a forewarning that Summer has definitely left us as it's rain, rain and more rain!
Talking of water, you can see by the title of this post 'Phil Daley - He Walked on Water For Wigan Athletic But He's Now In the Water With Star Swimming'. Phil Daley is one of the Academy's main instructors, he's been with us since the start of the academy back in 2005 and I want to introduce you to him.
Phil was spotted playing for Non League outfit Newton and manager Bryan Hamilton decided to take a gamble on the on the young lad and signed him on 12th October 1989. He made his Latics League debut on 14th October 1989 against Shrewsbury Town at Springfield Park which resulted in a 0-0 draw. In the 1990-91 season he enjoyed a prolific partnership with Bryan Griffiths and the following season (1991/92) he and Gary Worthington netted 29 of the Latic 59 goals. Phil was subsequently voted Player of the Year for the season and the legend was was born. He stayed with the club until the end of season 1993/94 during which time he had played 188 games and scored 47 goals.
In the summer of 1994 he was went to play for Lincoln City. Phil spent two years at Lincoln but retired from the game on medical advice. However this didn’t stop him playing football in Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, Finland and Singapore (for ex Latics first team coach Mike Lyons) before hanging up his boots.
Whilst Phil's roots was established on the scared turf they are now well and truly established in the water. I know from seeing him in the water with the children he brings so much enthusiasm and fun to the students whilst teaching them to swim and he has taught a vast amount of children!
I know that the Star Swimming Academy and I would not be were it is without Phil's involvement, enthusiasm and love for teaching children! So Phil you big banana thanks for being an intergral part of the Academy!
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