VSI LIFE AFTER SPORT SUMMIT
Professional athletes are trained to push through pain and overcome any obstacle in the pursuit of their goals. But when the final whistle blows on their career, they face an entirely different kind of challenge.
For every former athlete who makes a name for themselves in business or broadcasting, many more will struggle to forge their own path once the competition ends.
The Life After Sport Summit aims to change all that, by providing former athletes with the support and guidance they need outside of the sporting bubble.
Organised by training providers VSI, together with ambassadors from six of the UK’s biggest sports, this event will equip former and soon-to-be-retired athletes with the essential knowledge and skills to succeed.
The event marks the first time that representatives of football, cricket, athletics, netball and both rugby codes have collaborated to address the issue of professional development for athletes after sport.
“Whatever the sport, all retired athletes face the same challenges when their playing days come to an end,” said VSI co-founder Tony Faulkner.
Everyone we talk to tells us how difficult, time consuming and expensive it is to re-train and find a new career. Planning ahead is essential and talking about it with others can be a massive help.
“We want to give them the confidence and the knowhow to activate their ambition.”
Athletes will learn how to make financial plans, find a new career, set up their own business and overcome the mental challenges that can come with retirement. Potential employers will also be able to tap into a talent pool of ambitious, dedicated and determined job seekers.
“Leaving professional sport is like leaving school,” said summit ambassador and former England cricketer Matthew Hoggard. But at least after school you are young enough to start at the bottom and work your way up. It is difficult to find a business that will take a punt on a 30 year-old that’s got no experience.
“As professional sportspeople we know what we are good at. We know how to work hard, how to focus and how to be part of a team, these are all transferrable skills.”
The event will combine networking opportunities with practical guidance and inspirational stories from those who have successfully transition into a life outside of sport.
“In sports your career advancement is accelerated, you can be in a senior position by your late twenties, but life outside of sport can be much different,” said Gloucester Rugby star Ed Slater, another summit ambassador.
I think this event will be a great opportunity for athletes to talk to others in a similar position and hear from others who have gone through the transition to a new career.”
The Life After Sport Summit, organised in partnership with Salford Professional Development, will be held at Old Trafford on Wednesday, May 30. Register your interest in the day here.
Current/Recently Retired Sportspeople
Billing details are required on the booking form, however the event is complimentary for current/recently retired sportspeople and you will not be charged
- Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed until further notice.
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