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Leicestershire County Cricket Club legend David Gower OBE has been presented with an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) in recognition of his incredible sporting achievements.
The ex-England captain and Leicestershire cricketer was invited onto the stage at Leicester's Curve theatre - the venue for DMU's summer graduations – this week to become an Honorary Doctor of Letters.
He delivered some sage words of advice to graduates, telling them: "If I have a message for everyone here it is that whatever you have done well so far, follow your heart, follow your passion. It will lead you to interesting places and drive you to future success."
Mr Gower, whose cricketing career began here in Leicestershire as a teenager, went on to play for England, captain his country, win the 1985 Ashes and score an astonishing 26,335 runs during his playing career.
After retiring he joined the Sky Sports team and heads up their international and domestic cricket coverage, alongside the likes of Sir Ian Botham, Nasser Hussain, David Lloyd and Michael Vaughan.
He said being back in Leicestershire and receiving an honorary degree from the city where his cricketing career started made him "very proud." He added: “I take my fancy hat off to all of those who have worked hard over the past three or four years to gain their degrees."
DMU enjoys a close relationship with Leicestershire County Cricket Club. DMU and LCCC signed a new partnership deal earlier this year offering amazing opportunities for students, as well as giving players the use of the QEII leisure centre.
Students can enjoy free and heavily discounted tickets to matches at Grace Road and take part in vital work experience internships under the pioneering DMU Graduate Champions programme.
* Thanks to DMU for kind permission to use this story.