Old Stopfordian Alastair Lydon (2000) teams up with Gabriel Jagger to present Golden Nuggets podcast series
Alastair’s guests on the podcast have included; Rugby World Cup and Sevens World Cup winner, Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, Former England 7s and Harlequins Rugby Coach, Warren Abrahams, Rugby European Cup winner, Russell Earnshaw, and former England Head Rugby Coach, Stuart Lancaster.
We interviewed Alastair to find out how the podcast came about.
Why was the Golden Nuggets podcast series created?
‘Gabriel wanted to create a positive, powerful and personal storytelling podcast to change the landscape of media by using a community heroes project. He wanted to give real people a platform to tell their story.’
How did you become involved in Golden Nuggets?
‘I was approached by Gabriel as I was his teacher and he enjoyed being taught by me.’
Whose story has inspired you the most from the series?
‘Probably Warren Abrahams, who in the rugby world is well known. His story about growing up in the apartheid in South Africa as a black man, going to university and becoming a successful international rugby coach is fascinating. He is also very humble, grounded and has a lovely charismatic personality. He really epitomises the phrase ‘anyone can achieve anything if you put your mind to it’.’
Vincit Qui Patitur – this SGS motto resonates with me.
Anything is possible. No fear.’
What is your top tip for SGS pupils wanting to pursue careers in media, sports or teaching?
‘Go to the best university that offers opportunities for employment, travel and say yes to everything and then figure it out.’
Since leaving Stockport Grammar School Alastair has had an extensive career in rugby and in teaching, beginning with Video and Match Analyst roles for England RFU U19s and Bath Rugby whilst studying at university. In 2005 Alastair began his teaching career and has continued to coach rugby alongside this, as well as spending time as Lead Coach Development Officer for Barnes Rugby Club. Alastair has been at The Harrodian School for almost twelve years where he is also Head Coach for the 1st XV rugby team. He joined the whynow team in January 2020.
Recently Alastair has supported SGS pupils considering careers in teaching and sport via our virtual careers events.