Follow Their Journey
Hear from some of our Ambassadors about their journey through transition...
Ben Markall - New Business Development Manager - Lloyds Bank
"...I am now a New Business Development Manager for the bank and I love it! I get to deal with multi million pound companies who are looking for business and I am building my skill and knowledge in a really competitive and high profile industry..."
Sam French - Associate at Deloitte and Elite Hockey Player
"...Hockey gives me a focus away from work, and work gives me a focus away from hockey, I feel they both bounce off each other. It is great to be able to turn up to training and completely forget any problems that may have come up during the day at work. Again if we have had a bad result at the weekend, having a focus away from hockey with my work certainly helps you to move on quicker..."
James Bransgrove - Business Management Student and Trainee Accountant
Former Professional Footballer
"...Playing in professional football is a highly challenging and pressured environment, which demands constant results and I feel I am well equipped to handle demands and expectations that are placed upon me now, because of these pressures and demands I have faced..."
Joe Parish - Entrepreneur and Owner of JPhysique
Former Scholarship Athlete and Trainee Footballer
"...You get out what you put in, nothing comes easy and you simply cannot trump hard work and graft. You may have an idea or a talent but the amount of WORK you put in will dictate success. I learnt this through elite sport for sure...."
Robert Paratore - Law Student
Former Youth International and Professional Footballer
"...Elite sport helps you develop unique experiences in applying fundamental skills which employers look for, which I don't think you can learn through short internships or summer work experiences...."
Avilla Bergin - Healthcare Advisor at Bupa UK
Womens Footballer for Charlton Athletic Womens FC and Northern Ireland
"...Without doubt, playing a team sport has enabled me to develop communication skills that are essential in my job..."
Jacob Walker - Apprentice at Clayton & Brewill Chartered Accountants
Former England Golfer
"...Elite sport can be based on opinions and you need to build thick skin. Always believe in your own ability, take feedback on board and take this approach in to all walks of life..."
Dan Summerfield - Student at The University of Birmingham
Former Traniee and Scholarship Athlete
Previous clubs: Swansea City, Kidderminster Harriers, Newport County, Merthyr Town
"...I have learnt that sacrifice is one of the elements to being able to balance both my studies and sport..."
Sam Filler - Head of HR Interim Recruitment at Annapurna Recruitment
Former professional footballer and scholarship athlete
Previous clubs: Stirling Albion, Middlesbrough FC, Bradford City FC, Stirling University FC
"...Professional sport teaches you to be very strong mentally, and you have to sacrifice a lot. Use this to your advantage..."
Nitin Mishra - Scholarship Athlete at The University of Birmingham
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Ilkeston Town FC
"...Don’t think about your set-backs as disappointments, but instead think of them as key learning, and positive experiences. Only then can you think about making the most of these, and taking them on in to other walks of life....."
Jordan Fairclough - Strength and conditioning coach - Masters Student - Aspiring Olympic Athlete, and former professional footballer
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Boston United
"...Knowing that the hard work and effort in what you do can bring great results, is easily transferrable into any walk of life..."
James Reid - Finance Broker for Radar Finance & Leasing Ltd and footballer for Ilkeston Town
Previous clubs: Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Lincoln City, Telford. Ex England Under 17's, 18's 19's
"...There are lots of things I have achieved that I am proud of, but playing for England in a Youth World Cup in South Korea. What a feeling..."
Laura Garriga - Marketing, PR and Communications Specialist
Ex Professional Basketballer (Spanish National Team, IES Joaquim Blume and Purdue University)
"...As athletes we have had the chance to experience both failure and success and both situations teach us a great deal..."
Joseph Walstead - Co-Founder of Motion Nutrition and Sponsorship Director at Agon Sports Management
Ex Professional Swimmer and Commonwealth Games Athlete
"..There are a few occasions when I put in some great performances in my career, but the best achievement for me was competing at Commonwealth Games and representing the home nation, in front of a home crowd and improving my personal best time to reach the final.."
Sheldon Jacobs - Graduate Buyer at BCF Technology.
Ex Professional Footballer and Scholarship Athlete. (Rangers FC, Livingston FC, Stirling University FC)
''...Moving from professional football into the professional world was probably the hardest decision of my life. I have always played football at an elite level, and wanted to play football as my profession...''
Riteesh Mishra - UEFA B License Coach, Diversity/Equality Mentor and Resourcing Advisor at Deloitte LLP.
Current Head Coach at Charlton Athletic WFC
Previous Club's include: Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Stirling University FC.
"...And whether it is by choice, or not, a life outside of professional sport can be just as rewarding, just as challenging and just as much enjoyable...''