Time to think…

Just having a contemplation moment today, reflecting on what change looks like and why at times we are so scared of moving into the unknown. Inner belief and confidence in yourself are such important ingredients in the DNA of both our personal and professional characters. 

If we move forward supported by the right values of who we are, change then becomes an exciting possibility. 

Trust your heart. 


Emotionally challenged 

Friday was a good day. I had the privilege of speaking to 300 students from St Robert’s of Newminster sixth form college in Washington. 

The day included speaking about family, the importance of confidence, values and behaviours. We then looked at legacy and the student’s own personal branding. 

What an incredible group of young people. 

Boro’s Feedback Delight

I have just recieved a testimonial from Barry Dawson, Education and Welfare Manager at Middlesbrough AFC Academy following the Dream, Believe and Achieve programme that I delivered to the under 18 squad this season. Once again it is a privilege to influence the lives and futures of these young players.

“Middlesbrough Academy and I have had the pleasure of working with Maurice Hepworth for the past three seasons. Maurice’s contribution can’t be over stated, as he has managed to write , produce and deliver a development strategy which supports the psychological and emotional development of the young professional footballer.

During his time with the academy Maurice has been extremely efficient and competent with his delivery of workshops, mentoring and telephone support to a group of highly charged young people, Maurice’s ability to communicate values, extract feelings and emotions from young people,is a skill which few seldom possess.

We as a Football academy are delighted to offer our support to Maurice and his growing influence on young professional athletes.”

Sunny skies ahead! 

What a week it’s been! Apart from the beautiful sunshine we’ve been having, I’ve had a brilliant week with exciting meetings and beginning a fantastic programme working with primary school pupils in Carlisle. 

I also had the pleasure to meet the chaplain of a local secondary faith school, and have planned a session speaking to 300 sixth form students in the coming months – I feel very privileged that I was asked to do this, and am looking forward to working with these young people. I’m excited to leave a small part of my legacy with them.

I feel great that the business is now focussing on young people in the community, and i’ll feel proud if I can offer them even the slightest bit of inspiration and motivation in their lives. 


Some brilliant feedback…

This week I was given some feedback from the Dream, Believe and Achieve programme that I ran with the SAFC under 18 scholars at the Academy of Light this year.

I am overwhelmed by the kind words that the lads have said and I feel very privileged that I was given the opportunity to impact their lives in any way.

I wish the all the lads well and the best of luck in all that they do.

“Maurice is a very inspiring and motivational teacher.  This has certainly helped me to become a better person.”

Thought for the day…

It came to me yesterday, after receiving a photograph from a friend, how lucky I am to be able to not only enjoy my job every day, but to have the opportunity to influence people’s lives in a positive way. This is such a privilege and it makes the work I do really worth while when I hear/see positive feedback from my clients. I am very blessed. 🙂

Time flies…or cycles?

It was a year ago today that I, along with other former Sunderland and Newcastle players and fans, cycled in order to raise money for the Scott Bell fund.

The charity cycle involved riding from the Stadium of Light in Sunderland to St James’ Park in Newcastle, and finally onto Croft Park in Blyth, home of Blyth Spartans AFC.

Scott Bell was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and, before he died, raised a lot of money and awareness for the disease which still affects many people today.

It was a privilege to take part, and you can still donate to the Scott Bell fund here.


Carlisle Schools Year 5 Life Skills Project

I am very excited to confirm that m.h C&L have been retained by two prominent primary schools in Carlisle to design and deliver a year 5 life skills program which will be football based and values driven.

The six week program will be launched in April and, hopefully, in the Carlisle United Football Club dressing room.

I am feeling very grateful to be given the opportunity to influence these children’s lives.

Dave Herholdt – A Great Loss

Totally gutted. So sad to have lost the other half of the Hepworth-Herholdt centreback Arcadia partnership.

Dave was one of the backbones of the Arcadia Shepherds team I played in during the seventies in Pretoria, South Africa. He represented his country at senior level , and was just an all-round good guy.

Goodbye my friend.


Dave & I – fourth and fifth from right