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Career Platform Launched For Elite Sports Professionals

Mon 19th Jun 2017 | Football Governance

Pro-footballer Robbie Simpson launches careers platform for sports professionals

Sports professionals and elite athletes can now find new careers after sport with the help of a recruitment platform launched by pro-footballer Robbie Simpson.

Life After Professional Sport (LAPS) is the brainchild of Exeter City striker Robbie in partnership with recruitment consultant Rob Steed, ex-England U19 cricket captain Paul Redfarn and technology expert Nathan Hastings.

“There isn’t enough support for sportspeople when their professional careers end,” says Robbie. “The governing bodies offer what help they can, but there are thousands of sportspeople in the UK who still have years and years of work ahead of them.

“Sports careers are usually pretty short, and it’s been proven that sportspeople have loads of great qualities that employers outside sport really want to attract.”

LAPS has had support from England players Adam Lallana, Alex Scott and Danny Cipriani, who all feature in a recent video for the organisation.

One of the features of LAPS is an ongoing series of interviews with sports professionals who have already transitioned successfully away from sport.

The series includes such stars of sport as former England cricketers Jack Russell and Graham Napier, Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo, 8-times paralympic gold medallist Sophie Christiansen, Crystal Palace and Ghana footballer Kwesi Appiah, and many, many more.

“We’re getting fantastic support from the sports community,” says Robbie. “Everyone in sport knows how fickle it can be, and it can be massively scary to think of that career ending. LAPS is here to help people to make the transition, and give them the security they need beyond sport.

“It’s a worrying time when you’re approaching retirement, or if you get injured,” he adds.

“We want to help people to have more security, and take some of that stress away.”

Recruitment expert Rob, adds: “The characteristics of successful sportspeople are often what employers are looking for.

“Competitiveness, resilience, the ability to perform under pressure, a genuine understanding of teamwork, the mindset for success; what better way to bring all those skills into your business than by recruiting sports professionals?

“Until now there has not been a platform in the UK designed specifically for that purpose – so we’ve created LAPS.”

The LAPS Team is working with a number of other high profile organisations and charities in its bid to provide the ultimate career support for sports professionals nationwide.

Robbie says, “We’re working with governing bodies and players’ unions to make sure we’re covering all bases and forming solid partnerships that will benefit our members.

“That also means talking to employers who specifically want to recruit former sports professionals.”

Rob adds: “Sports professionals and elite athletes are used to giving their all and performing under huge pressure at the very top of their game.

“What employer wouldn’t want that kind of talent and motivation in their workforce?”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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