After taking part in a pre-season match in Manchester against Brondby, professional football player and captain of the New York City Football Club David Villa stopped at Kaplan International’s English language school in Manchester to meet 10 lucky students.
The former FC Barcelona player and World Cup winner, who has been studying English with Kaplan in both Melbourne, Australia, and New York City, took time out of his busy schedule to speak to other English language students, sign autographs and take photos.
The 10 students who met Villa won an in-school competition in which they shared photos and stories of why they loved studying in Manchester. During the meet and greet, students spoke with him and asked questions, all in English.
He signed shirts and postcards and took photos with his fans. “He was really nice and friendly, and he tried to speak with all of us,” said Marta, a Kaplan student from Spain.
“We talked about football and about our experiences studying with Kaplan. He is an outstandingly good person and also very friendly,” said Daniel, a student from Colombia.
Mohamed, a Kaplan student from Oman, said he did not expect this kind of opportunity. “That’s why I like Kaplan,” he said. All the students expressed their happiness and surprise at being able to meet this superstar live.
“He was a really nice person and super friendly,” Giselle, a Kaplan student from Venezuela said.
During his time at Kaplan Manchester, Villa also had a quick English lesson with a Manchester teacher who was impressed with his skills. David Villa himself is very impressed with his own progress and shared that before beginning his studies with Kaplan in September he could barely speak English.
Marta also shared her positive experiences with Kaplan. “I like the classes because they are not boring and the teachers are the best.”
“Studying in Manchester is an unforgettable experience full of fun, friendship and incredible new adventures,” said Toni.
David Villa will continue his studies with Kaplan when he returns to NYC to captain the newest MLS team, New York City FC.
The player shared his experience on social media and he posted a selfie with the students on his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.