Saturday 19 October 2019

'My 6th year biology teacher was Stephen Cluxton' - Jonny Cooper reveals the big impact Dublin captain had on him

Dublin's Jonny Cooper, left, and Stephen Cluxton. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin's Jonny Cooper, left, and Stephen Cluxton. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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Jonny Cooper has revealed the big impact Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton had on him during his time in school.

Cooper, who has won five All-Ireland titles alongside Cluxton in the Dublin team, was taught biology by his future captain when he was a sixth year student.

In a video for Teachers Inspire, Cooper paid tribute to the influence Cluxton had on him during his teenage years, crediting the legendary shot-stopper with making him feel 'valued and listened to'.

"The teacher who made a positive difference to my life was my sixth year biology teacher, Stephen Cluxton," Cooper said.

"I would have looked up to him on the pitch as a role model. When he walked into the classroom, it made me come more alive. He helped me improve my grades but it was more on the personal development side. It was the way he carried himself. He wants to help others and get them to where they want to be.

"He would have stayed back on half-days and gave those two-hour grinds for us going into exams. Outside of the classroom, he would have gone out of his way to set up training sessions on his half-days. We ended up winning the All-Ireland that year and for me, it gave us a totally different experience about what school was like. I think Stephen made a great difference, to be honest. It gave me a really good sense of being valued and being listened to."

You can watch Cooper's tribute to Cluxton in the video below.

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