Established in 2009, the charity run by the Smith family along with its dedicated team draws upon their own personal experiences to encourage youngsters to ‘open up’ and ‘share’ concerns. If U Care Share has worked with LFE since the 2010–11 season, to provide powerful emotional well-being sessions for young players – their message is simple but effective; ‘there is always a way’. The charity delivers to players of age groups ranging from U9-U23.
Originally an anti-racism campaign, Kick It Out has evolved to tackle wider equality and inclusion issues in the game as a whole. Working throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change, the organisation is funded by all the major bodies in football. Kick It Out works with LFE to deliver equality and diversity training to apprentices at EFL clubs.
Barclays deliver financial awareness training to apprentice footballers. The workshop, delivered by Barclays staff, is directly mapped to deliver the NVQ finance unit. Interactive sessions provide introductions to the importance of money, how to manage finances, technology and includes scenario-based activities.
Heart4More Foundation was founded by Tobi Alabi in February 2014. A former footballer himself, Tobi has a passion for educating those in the game about the importance of heart health. Using his own experience of suffering from a heart condition, Tobi has become increasingly active in raising awareness through his team of highly motivated people and resources.
Founded by former England captain Tony Adams the Sporting Chance Clinic is one of the most innovative centres for the treatment of behavioural problems including the effects of alcohol, drugs and gambling. The lifestyle education seminar is designed to give young players the information and tools they need to avoid the pitfalls and destructive behaviour patterns which can develop in the pressure-cooker world of professional football.
Performance Coach Jamie Edwards helps players deal with the mental aspects of elite performance. Those who have benefited from his tried and tested methods include International footballers Joe Hart, Gareth Bale and Ryder Cup star Lee Westwood.
Encouraging players to think differently – Jamie’s engaging and thought provoking sessions have been utilised throughout EFL clubs via LFE and by individual players one-to-one.
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My Future Today highlights the importance of personal development and how it can enhance success both in and out of professional football, improve well-being and support transition challenges. Delivered in partnership with AFTA Thought and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, former professional footballers and elite athletes help apprentices discover more about who they are and what they can achieve, recognise the value of transferable skills they already have as well as understand what opportunities they can take advantage of to secure their future, today.
Motivational speaker Charlie Fogarty works throughout football to inspire academy players to greater heights by telling his story of overcoming adversity, having once been a youth player himself at Birmingham City. Charlie’s journey and circumstances have taught invaluable lessons of focus, determination and making the impossible possible. Charlie has been appointed an MBE as a result of the work he does in delivering his message to change lives one speech at a time.
Colin Avery delivers interactive sexual health awareness sessions to academies of professional sports clubs. Working with LFE, the academy programme covers; Respectful relationships, safer sex, testicular cancer, sexually transmitted infections and teams up with local services to provide Chlamydia screening.
Using her background as both a former Great Britain triathlete and journalist, Cathy invites young players to consider whether their social media output is a risk or role model to themselves, their club and future. The sessions, delivered to players and parents of age groups U12-U23, importantly cover how to use social media in a responsible, powerful and positive manner.
Cecil Jee Thomas, a former Apprentice with Crawley Town, focuses on the importance of understanding yourself and developing yourself in and out of football. In a two-way workshop, he talks through his own journey and how his transferrable skills from football helped him to become the poster boy for the prestigious Italia Conti dance academy, amongst his other showbiz commitments. Cecil encourages apprentices to explore new interests by using examples of other players who have become successful in more places than just football.