LOCAL legend, TV pundit and former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin unveiled the town of ‘Surely’ in Shirley last Friday, followed by a whole host of sure-inspiring activities.
These included motivational speeches by sports psychologist Dr Josephine Perry and support for locals from The Money Charity and ‘Sure-tea’ breaks throughout the day.
And Dublin and Perry delivered a personalised message to Year 6 pupils at Monkspath Junior and Infants School to help kick-off their final year of primary school feeling sure of success.
The initiative came in the week that figures from ClearScore showed nearly a million people in the West Midlands are most likely to put off decisions about money matters in the wake of the pandemic.
The initiative in Shirley formed part of a larger campaign by free credit score and credit marketplace firm ClearScore.
“Everyone deserves to feel sure and the last 18 months have been uncertain for us all,” said Dublin.
“Sometimes we need to be open to the guidance of others, and sometimes we need to remind ourselves of our own strengths.
“I have had to do that in my career many times – both as a professional footballer but also in my life now.”
Justin Basini, chief executive and co-founder of ClearScore, said: “Feeling confident in our decisions is key to getting on in life.
“If we feel sure, particularly when it comes to our finances, we can look to the future with less stress and more possibility.
“We’ve had a lot of fun with residents turning Shirley into the town of Surely, and we hope the tips and guidance shared along the way have helped locals feel that bit more sure about tackling some of the decisions they might have been otherwise avoiding.”
ClearScore is a winner of the Queen’s Award for Innovation and provides free credit scores, guidance and reports.