Training to be the best

Shane Byrne, four-time British Superbike Champion (2003, 2008, 2012, 2014) met with our new cohort of School Direct trainees to share his passions and how important he feels training and education are.

Byrne, who now lives in Kent, is the only rider to have won four titles in the series history. He spoke to Trust future teachers about the dedication he has needed and used to get him to be the best in the world. “I am constantly getting knocked down, there are times when I am flying through the air, thinking… am I going to break my leg?”


This, he said, is the dedication needed to become a teacher “There will be times when things do not go according to plan, some days will be difficult and you will feel like you want to give up, some pupils will like you, others will not, but it is the training and motivation that will keep you going. It will be worth it.”

Byrne aka ‘Shakey’, an ex-Sittingbourne Community College student, found school a struggle. “I didn’t go to school much, I wasn’t bothered in my education, I was more interested in riding bikes”.

Shane Byrne, who now has his own family wants his children to do well. “I am proud of teachers, school is a very powerful place, it allows children to reach their full potential. I have been so lucky and I realise this. I now want the same for my children and generations to come”.  

“Teachers are privileged, they have opportunities to encourage people to be what they want to be, this must be one of the motivations that allows you to get through the hard training and difficult days ahead.”

Shane’s visit is part of the ongoing training and induction programme that all our School Direct trainees engage in. Trainees are spending their first week at our Trust Training Centre and Canterbury Christchurch University.

Follow Shane @67Shakey