Young Academic Career Guides : Create Your Legacy

Young Academic can reveal that the League Football Education (LFE) and The Dame Kelly Holmes (DKH) Legacy Trust have announced the dates of Southern and Northern careers and recruitment events which will challenge footballers and other elite athletes to ‘create their own legacy.’ In great news for students and school leavers alike, the scheme helps famous sportspeople to encourage today’s youngsters.

The events will encourage all elite athletes to think about their own legacies by helping them to further their careers and plan for the future. They will kick off on 17 March at The Madejski Stadium, home of Reading Football Club before pedalling up to the Manchester Velodrome, home of the National Cycling Centre, on 24 March.

With record levels of youth unemployment, an increasingly tough job market and University places at a premium, the idea of the event is to help individuals create their own legacy for future success – whether that involves staying in sport, switching to an entirely new profession or moving into further or higher education.

With the events attracting an impressive line-up of exhibitors and keynote speakers including Gareth Southgate, the days promise to build upon LFE’s and the DKH Legacy Trust’s specialist knowledge in developing elite athletes’ skills and knowledge to ensure they are as prepared as possible for the next step of their career – whether that’s in sport or in another field.

Set up by the Professional Footballers’ Association and the Football League in 2004, LFE has gained considerable expertise in this area through the management of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programmes at Football League clubs, while the DKH Legacy Trust was formed to enable elite performers to make the most of their skills and experience to benefit young people, and while doing so being able to build a new career for themselves.

Professional Footballers’ Association Chairman Clarke Carlisle who is an event ambassador for the events said:

“The importance of this type of exhibition cannot be understated. The word legacy might seem to be a catchphrase to some but in this context, it is, in very simple terms, about sportspeople young and old making personal decisions about their own futures to create something sustainable. Being a professional athlete is a short-term career, so it’s important to think about your next move and plan ahead. What do you want to achieve? How are you going to get there? Will it fulfil you?

“Sport produces some highly talented individuals so an event like this is aimed at making sure they’re able to put their outstanding skills and abilities to use by introducing them to new training and career paths,” added Carlisle.

While Carlisle backs up his statement through his academic endeavours on a Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting degree in readiness for the day he finally hangs up his boots, double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes has already made the evolution from being a full-time athlete to working in a number of different roles across the media, sport and voluntary sectors.

“I know from personal experience how hard it can be to transition from being an athlete for many years to entering normal life,” said Holmes, who retired from sport in 2005.

“The events in Reading and Manchester are about helping others make the same switch. We hope that by providing days like this, our elite sport performers will take advantage of the contacts they can make and improve their knowledge, self-belief and understanding of the opportunities that are open to them.”

For more information on Create Your Legacy, or to register for the events, please visit: www.createyourlegacy.co.uk or follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LFEonline.

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