Athletes offered guidance in life after sport

Published 21 June 2016

Top athletes are being encouraged to consider their career options after sport in order to prepare themselves for life away from the field of play.

UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport, the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association have joined forces to connect elite athletes with businesses, potential employers and training providers to enable a more seamless transition once they retire from top level sport.

A full day of tailored activity, Athlete Futures, will take place on Tuesday 1 November at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and will include a series of workshops to help athletes plan for their career after elite sport.

UK Sport Chief Executive Liz Nicholl said: “Our Athletes are the most critical asset in the high performance system; we simply can’t achieve anything without them and their success is truly inspirational.

“But their ability to make a positive difference does not stop when they decide to move on from their sport. They have much to offer in the working environment and their commitment to excellence, teamwork, focus and drive make them a valuable asset in any work place.

“The transition into the next chapter of their lives is not an easy one. Career advisory support when transitioning from school or university is common place and athletes need the same coordinated support.

“I am confident that the Athlete Futures event can play an important part in ensuring athletes continue to be successful away from the sporting arena long into their futures.” 

The event will be aimed at current athletes who want to develop a post-sport plan, as well as those considering retirement after the Rio Games, with sessions to cater for every stage of their athlete career.

Sign up and find out more here: http://www.athletefutures.co.uk


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