Lessons from Liverpool FC

TweetFacebookLinkedInGoogle+LikeYummlyPinStumbleUponPrintEmailShares16 In a series entitled ‘inside the academy’ this blog reflects on the experience and insight gained from visiting professional football clubs and discussing pastoral care for players past, and present. Liverpool FC are the first to feature. Accepting an invitation from Michael Edwards (Sporting Director), the gates to their new purpose built training facility… Read more »

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Life education- the Southampton way

TweetFacebookLinkedInGoogle+LikeYummlyPinStumbleUponPrintEmailShares16 “Southampton Football Club, over a period of time became a lot more than just a football club to me, they allowed me to do things I didn’t believe possible, meet incredible people and live my dream. But more importantly I made friendships with people for life, felt cared about and welcomed which as a… Read more »

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The released footballer – gone but not forgotten.

TweetFacebookLinkedInGoogle+LikeYummlyPinStumbleUponPrintEmailShares134 Ian Herding is arguably the most important person at Southampton Football Club you’ve probably never heard of. But to all released academy players he is the go to man. Lost in a mass of dedicated Academy staff befitting the now world renowned Category 1 Academy at their magnificent Staplewood base, the Performance Education and… Read more »

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We win our first Award

TweetFacebookLinkedInGoogle+LikeYummlyPinStumbleUponPrintEmailShares At the start of the year we had the extreme pleasure of attending community radio station Unity 101’s celebratory awards evening hosted at The Grand Harbour Hotel. We took our place among more than 300 guests including volunteers from the station, as well as partners from the private, public and voluntary sectors, and thoroughly… Read more »

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“Nothing grabs you like football”. Realities of the unemployed footballer.

At 26 years of age and 7 years after his release from then League One Side AFC Bournemouth, former professional footballer Alex Parsons has finally found a new career as a personal trainer. In a candid interview for the Football Family website, Alex speaks of untold truths in his struggle with uncertainty, depression, anxiety and lack of motivation for anything other than football. Chance encounters, true friendships, and a rekindling romance with the game serve as evidence that with time, support and strength there is work and life after football.

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