What Happens When The Professional
Career in Sport is Over ?
After years in the limelight and enjoying the rewards and excitement of being a professional sportsperson, many have the sudden realisation that they have no plans of what to do next or even their long term survival.
Rather than focussing solely on the direct sporting representation and the immediate and short term career of the sporting professional, Chiron as a professional sporting representative and sports agency, look at a long term career and life plan for our sporting clients.
This long term plan and business objectives may well start out with basic goal-setting, life-planning and time management, but it gives the sportsperson and Chiron at least a 'blueprint' of the sports professional’s aims and objectives, how they are going to achieve them, and a strategy as to how to address things should they go wrong.
Once a successful career strategy is in place, this can help prepare for the long term rather than experience the sudden shock and even depression of the career being over. Preparation can provide for proactive plans being in place for the next step as a professional in another career. By this we mean a career, not a period of retraining with no income, or scraping around for coaching badges and qualifications, or pieces of low income competitive media and publicity work.
It is worth noting that for the relatively few really high profile sporting icons such as Beckham, Tendulkar, Lomu, Meninga, Thorpe, Jordan, Johnson, Mayweather, Faldo and Federer opportunities in media and publicity will be on offer a long time after the sporting career is over. But what of those who don’t obtain such a high profile, it can be a rapid decline in lifestyle once resources are exhausted, and a once well known sportsperson is forgotten by all except their colleagues, supporters and family.