Sir Bobby’s surprise visit to Project SEMIS

Sir Bobby SEMIS visit 2Sir Bobby Charlton stunned academics and students at The University of Manchester on Friday when he unexpectedly joined a delegation from Find A Better Way visiting Professor Anthony Peyton and his Project SEMIS. team

The visit had been arranged to review progress from the recent testing at the Benkovac Test Site in Croatia alongside Find A Better Way-funded research teams from King’s College London and the University of Zagreb. Having only been expecting to host Find A Better Way chairman John Edees and CEO Lou McGrath, Professor Peyton was delighted to welcome the world famous footballer and Find A Better Way founder to his lab as well.

‘It was great for Sir Bobby to visit with the team in the lab again,’ Professor Peyton explained.  ‘Sir Bobby, John and Lou were also surprise guests at a large first year electromagnetics class as well. Lou talked about the global problem of landmines and the impact they have, the need for improved detection technology, and the work that Find A Better Way is supporting. He also answered questions from students.’

‘Naturally the students were very interested to hear about how advances in electromagnetics can help improve detectors.  This really helped to reinforce the positive effect that science and engineering can have to improving people’s’ lives.

‘But they were also just stunned and to have a football legend visit their class unexpectedly. That’s not something that happens everyday.’

Speaking of his surprise inclusion in their fact-finding party, CEO Lou McGrath said, “Sir Bobby was very keen to hear about the tests in Croatia. He takes a keen interest in all of the projects we fund, and he wanted to come and hear about Project SEMIS’s advances in person. Of course we were thrilled for him to come with us.

‘The testing in Croatia was a great success, and we look forward to the day when multiple Find A Better Way-funded technologies are working together to reduce the threat of landmines worldwide.’