Winston brings two chance to learn wisdom of the world
TWO men from Derby have been awarded prestigious fellowships so they can travel abroad to carry out fact-finding missions.
Dr Tristram Hooley and Martyn Rothwell have been granted the money by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Each year approximately 100 British citizens are awarded fellowships for a wide range of projects. Fellows must travel overseas for between 4-12 weeks
The aim is to widen an individual's experience in such a way that he or she grows in confidence, knowledge, authority and ambition.
The trust was established when Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965. Thousands of people, out of respect for the man and in gratitude for his inspired leadership, gave generously so that a living memorial could benefit future generations of British people
Dr Hooley, who works at the University of Derby, will spend six weeks in Canada learning how people there develop their careers.
And Mr Rothwell, of Derby, who works for Midlands Rugby League, will spend time in Australia and New Zealand learning how sportsmen and women are trained to have a winner's mentality.
Dr Hooley, 36, said: "Canada is widely believed to hold a blueprint for career progression. In the UK, a 16-year-old might go to their careers officer at school and discuss what they might want to do for a job.
"But, of course, the likelihood of someone staying in the same job or career for their entire working life is becoming something that very few people do.
"The Canadians realise this and have developed a model that offers ways in which people can pick up skills that take them through their working life in whatever job they do."
Past recipients of fellowships include the mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, the athlete Dame Mary Peters and the Olympic long jump gold medallist Lynn Davies.
Mr Rothwell, 35, of Harcourt Street, Derby, has been playing and coaching rugby league for more than 10 years. He is regional talent and coaching manager for Midlands Rugby League.
He said: "I will be looking at a variety of sports and how they are run. I can share the information, not just within rugby league, but other sports as well."
A third Derbyshire man, James Kitson, from Matlock, has also been awarded a fellowship. The Army officer, will travel to Central Asia to examine how countries manage political stabilisation.