Norwich City Academy participate in dual careers workshop

Norwich City Academy players took part in a dual careers workshop with player care and education staff last week, looking into pathways that they may follow after a career in football.

As part of the Club’s philosophy, the players are enriched and mentored around dual careers for life after a footballing career, whatever the circumstances.

Last year, ex-City striker Leon McKenzie gave a talk to the players on behalf of Life After Professional Sport (LAPS), giving them his personal story on finding a career after his retirement from the sport.

Over online conference, head of player care Clive Cook led the session, guiding the Academy youngsters on what pathways they can choose to follow, advising them to research this over the lockdown period.

Taking a wide look at what they can do to best prepare themselves, Cook encouraged the players to set up networking, such as LinkedIn and to contact peers who have left academies to see what pathways they took.

As well as this, Academy tutor and core programme coordinator Jen Joyce also explained to the scholars how they will be preparing for interviews and creating CVs as part of their education with the Academy.

During the session, Under-23s forward Tony Springett said: "It's about having something to partake and engage in while playing football, something could go horribly wrong or you might not get a new contract, so you need something to fall back on that you're willing to invest time into.”

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