This year the England men's team reached their first World Cup semi-final in almost 30 years.
Most of the squad were not even born the last time England played in a World Cup semi-final, and their achievement in Russia was down in part to the inspiration of an expert coach from the Royal Marines.
Major Scotty Mills welcomed the England squad to the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre to put them through their paces and also mentored the team to prepare them for the pressure.
A surprise message for Royal Marine Scotty Mills from the brilliant @HKane. Scotty was dubbed England coach, Gareth Southgate’s, secret weapon during this year’s World Cup! pic.twitter.com/SQUrjkNdmw
England captain Harry Kane gives his message to Major Mills.
Mr Southgate reflected on how the experience impacted his squad: "Everybody kept together, everybody went through all of the physical endurance together.
"That respect for each other was something that carried right through Russia."
As well as physical preparation, Scotty’s words of wisdom helped the squad prepare mentally for the tournament: "A couple of things we’d exchanged through that training period, I looked at from time to time when the pressure was building.
"Just to put in to context a World Cup, which is a pressured environment, but it’s all relative compared to what we ask our soldiers to go through."
While the England team's performance this summer is one of his major successes, Major Mills' commitment to inspiring others through sport is nothing new.
He was the lead Royal Navy Officer as members of the Armed Forces raised the Olympic flag at the London 2012 opening ceremony and has continued the Olympic legacy by promoting youth development and junior sporting programmes.
Commandant of the Commando Training Centre, Colonel Mike Tanner said: "He's just that sort of guy that brings out the best in people and let's them know that, even if it's a crazy idea, they can do it.