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PSN announce new Life Skills curriculum and Athlete Alumni Network to inspire dual careers

Premier Sports Network is delighted to announce a new Life Skills curriculum for the 2021/ 2022 season, giving athletes the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence that they require for a dual career alongside their sporting career.

Life Skills is an extension of PSN's Player Care Network, that engages directly with young professional athletes through the delivery of educational workshops and employability opportunities, across a range of topics, to support athletes off the pitch.

With the primary focus on athletes to forge a professional career in their sport, Life Skills is a tailored programme which complements athletes' existing education curriculums. The initiative guides young athletes through their personal and professional development journey providing them with dual career opportunities such as work placements where they can gain real life, hands on experience.

Over the last two seasons, Premier Sports Network has worked closely with football Academies across the English Premier League and EFL Championships to build a programme that operates around existing schedules, delivered by a number of industry partners including the UK's leading real estate consultancy Knight Frank, chartered accountants Carpenter Box and wealth management firm FLM, among others.

For the upcoming 2021/ 2022 season, we are delighted to have partnered with a number of new brands to add to the already stellar opportunities which includes video-sharing social networking platform TikTok, professional esports company Guild Esports co-founded by former professional football David Beckham, multi-award winning hairdressing brand Toni & Guy, and British broadcaster Sky, just to name a few, who will be supporting the development of athletes who are keen to explore opportunities alongside their sporting career.

For athletes who are currently looking to transition or have already transitioned out of their sporting career, we have founded the Athlete Alumni Network which brings together former athletes from more than 40 different sports across five continents and provides resources that a transitioning athlete would require such as career opportunities, mentoring, education workshops and access to support services.

Spencer Hidge, Founder of Premier Sports Network said: "The last two seasons have shown just how many athletes are interested in exploring other industries while they are playing. Giving sportsmen and women the opportunity to partake in job placements for personal development where they can explore a dual career whilst playing sport with tools, tips and learning resources is exactly why Premier Sports Life Skill’s programme was originally created."

Amy Ward, Head of Education at Premier Sports Network said: “I am delighted that we are able to provide a high-quality, diverse education and careers offering to all athletes regardless of the stage of their sporting career. Gaining other interests and professional experiences away from their sport environment is vital for athletes to prepare for their transition out of sport, whenever that may be and instilling a culture of ‘being more than just an athlete’ is crucial for future success and positive wellbeing."

Find out more about the sessions on offer and the brands supporting Life Skills, download our brochure.