PFA Chairman Chris Powell plans to attend Competitive Edge Live at Newbury Racecourse next week to show his support for an initiative he describes as vital.
The former England full-back, who is most fondly remembered for a highly successful spell at Charlton Athletic, is now working as a player/coach at Leicester City but has admitted that this will be his last season registered as a player – some 24 years on from when he started.
With that in mind and as part of his remit as Chairman of the PFA, Powell is keen to highlight the openings that an event like Competitive Edge Live can provide for those that are keen to plan for their future.
“I know first-hand how important it is to have alternative and secondary career options. The opportunities these events provide are valuable to players at any stage of their career as they attract some of the UK’s leading employers and education and training institutions.”
“The interaction between players and these different organisations might be the key to a new career once your playing days are over.”
“Every year hundreds of senior Professionals and Apprentices are released by Football Clubs and numbers dictate that not everyone will get another crack of the whip at a League Club, which is why I would urge all players to visit Competitive Edge Live.”
“The events are catered to suit a wide range of needs and combined with the support the PFA can offer to members it might just provide the trigger or stepping stone for you to make your next move – you can’t always rely on football!”