StP on the road

Switch the Play have been busy over the past month delivering masterclasses.

27 Mar StP on the road

League Football Education (LFE)

Colin Wall, an StP Associate and personal performance coach, spent Tuesday 6th March at a careers fair organised by the League Football Education (LFE) at AFC Wimbledon Football Club. The fair was attended by youth team players aged between 16 and 18, from seven professional clubs (QPR, Watford, Fulham, Millwall, Luton, Barnet, and AFC Wimbledon). Its purpose was to encourage players to think about life after sport and communicate the reality that only 5% of them will realistically earn a living from football.

As a former footballer who was forced to transition out of sport due to a back injury, Colin spoke to the players about his own experience and encouraged them to start thinking about what they may do in the event their professional football career came to an end. As well as players, Colin spoke to youth team managers and heads of education.

“It was a really positive event and so encouraging to see that football clubs are making moves to ensure their young academy players are aware of the reality that they may have to think of a career outside of football,” says Colin. “Even those players who get signed to a professional club may face early retirement for some unforeseen reason, which is something I personally experienced.

“These young football players need to realise that the level of dedication they are giving to their football careers is a skill in itself, and if they can harness that attitude and apply it to the workplace, they will be a success in whatever they put their mind to.”

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Rugby Football League

On Tuesday 13th March Switch the Play Associates Dr Jenn Bennett and Stu Holliday delivered a Self-Awareness Masterclass to all the Player Welfare Managers of Rugby League Super League clubs. This was designed as an important personal development opportunity to help the Player Welfare Managers understand the differences between players and how to build effective relationships with them. The session was well received with 100% of attendees agreeing that the knowledge and skills gained were useful in their role, and 100% agreeing that they would recommend a Switch the Play masterclass to a friend or colleague.

This is the first of two masterclasses to be delivered on behalf of the Rugby Football League (RFL) with a similar masterclass on Emotional Resilience being delivered later in the year.


Hartpury College – Transferable skills masterclass

StP’s CEP Leon Lloyd delivered a masterclass on transferable skills alongside Ian Renouf-Watkins, Executive Manager at wealth management company St James’s Place and StP Associate, Colin Wall. The room had a mixture of current and former athletes as well as sports administrators, nutritionists and a coach, who all brought a different perspective of athlete transition into the discussion. Attendees heard the testimonies of Leon Lloyd, former international Rugby Player and author of Life After Sport: From Boot Room to Boardroom and Colin Wall, a former professional football player who was forced to retire early due to back injury. Attendees also learnt how the skills an elite athlete has had to develop in order to excel in sport, can be transferred to a different set of goals to achieve success outside of sport. The format included an interesting question and answer section where attendees could draw on the knowledge from both the sporting and business world.

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