What should a footballer consider for the future?

What should a footballer consider for the future?

A glittering career as a professional footballer is almost every boy’s dream. The opportunity to earn a handsome wage playing the game you love for club or even country makes becoming a professional footballer the top career goal for boys in this country. But while the rewards of a football career can be high, the career itself is short. “The biggest attrition rate is undoubtedly among young players,” says Oshor Williams of the PFA’s education department. “Most of these kids don’t have a Plan B. It can be very unnerving to find yourself having to move into a completely different world.” Planning ahead and considering a life after football is therefore crucial to keep options open and create future opportunities, whatever direction a young football player’s career might take. Thankfully there is support available to help with this. So what steps can a young professional footballer and their parents take now, and what aspects should be considered? Start planning for the future today As academy scholars and professional club players, footballers receive a great deal of support and training. When players are released, that support can end abruptly. It is therefore important to begin planning early while resources are available. Make use of the support while it is available. Parents and young players should ask their club what post-football career support is available, and how to access it. Find out what training opportunities are available through League Football Education (LFE), the academy training partnership set up by The Football League and The Professional Footballers’ Association. But also ask for details of other support networks and organisations like New Leaf...
Four rules for parents of football academy players

Four rules for parents of football academy players

For many, when their child is spotted by a scout for a professional football club and is selected to be groomed as a future football star, it is a dream come true. Parents get to see their child start on a journey to fulfil their ambitions and fantasise about future glory and six-figure salaries that will secure them for life. However, what should parents consider when their child joins a football academy? What can a parent expect when their child is signed by a professional football club? How do they plan for an academy star’s future and what are the options if their child is released by an academy or the child decides on a career away from football? One of the biggest difficulties families face when a child is selected to join the academies of professional football clubs is that the child’s career very quickly can become the families career. In many cases parents have to change jobs and relocate and the whole family has to make sacrifices. It puts an enormous burden on the young academy star and the consequences of them not succeeding and being released by the club can have far-reaching knock-on effects for the whole family. Newleaf specialises in helping academy players and professional footballers to find new careers and  succeed in life after football. Here we share five rules for parents with children who have been spotted by a football academy. Understand the realities of football academies All too often I hear parents at football academies joking that “that’s my pension playing out there”. While it’s just light-hearted fun, parents must fully understand...

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