your future. your choice. your pace.

Professional sport is demanding, exciting and potentially highly rewarding.  However, the career is not one that lasts a lifetime and the athlete must prepare for a life after sport.

The demands of professional sport are such that athletes are often forced to suspend academic study to concentrate on their career. While many professionals possess attributes that are attractive to employers and enable them to succeed in careers away from their sport, this resulting lack of formal qualifications can place retired players at a disadvantage when they look to enter the open employment market.

Studying whilst engaged in their primary career presents professionals with two challenges – finding a suitable course and a mode of study that fits with their training and playing schedules.

Our bespoke educational services allow you to achieve practical and theoretical experience at a pace that suits your present career commitments and ambitions. FUTURESMART gives you the option to attain academic and/or professional qualifications, via a non-traditional journey that suits you. We believe and have proven track record that it is possible to pursue a successful sports career and obtain qualifications necessary for a successful lifer after sport.

All course work can be accessed and achieved online. Consultation and interaction with your personal tutor will be through video communication with the option of face to face meetings when required.

FUTURESMART also provides you with access to a comprehensive qualified and personal support network. From expert career advice and educational guidance, to personal and professional development coaching, we are experienced at providing elite athletes with everything they require to deliver a successful outcome and place our clients in a stronger position.

“It’s been fantastic to have the expertise offered to me by Carole Davies at FUTURESMART. As an athlete it’s tough to focus on your next career after professional sport, as you can be so absorbed in your mission to be the best sportsman or woman. Do your best whilst you’re playing to take advantage of what great people like Carole have to offer.”
JACK COBDEN . ENGLAND U20 . ROMANIA . NOTTINGHAM RFC . CSM BUCURESTI

YOUR PERSONAL PORTFOLIO

FUTURESMART offers you to set up and develop your PERSONAL PORTFOLIO an essential asset for whichever pathway you would like to pursue. This will include a CV of your sporting career and personal statement; an overview of your unique attributes and transferable skills; your existing professional or academic qualifications and other achievements relevant to your future. Whilst setting up your PERSONAL PORTFOLIO with us you will also develop your interview, communication and presentation skills.

Whatever you chose to do next, an academic or professional qualification or moving straight into your second career, your PERSONAL PORTFOLIO will allow you to take your next successful step with confidence and enthusiasm.

“Having attained degree qualification, FUTURESMART developed my PERSONAL PORTFOLIO with transferable skills assessment, CV improvements and CPD. Carole was always so enthusiastic and helpful, and at the end of the phone if I ever needed any extra support.” TRISTAN LLOYD . YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE

THE ONLY BESPOKE 'PGCERT' IN LEADERSHIP

The Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership (PGCERT) has been developed specifically for professional athletes by our Head of Education Carole Davies and her academy team and is a qualification unique to FUTURESMART. It makes it the perfect entry point to a Master’s degree for athletes without undergraduate qualifications. The PGCERT is a very valuable starting point to develop your critical, analytical, management, communication, problem solving and writing skills needed at Masters level.

It will teach you the academic skills required at post-graduate level, and is centred on the subject of leadership, with which you will already have been involved, and have formed opinions of, over the years in professional sport. On completion of the PGCERT you will feel more comfortable working at post-graduate level, which will set you up to succeed in the next programme.

The rewards from undertaking this programme are many. You will develop a clearer understanding of your attributes and have a clearer appreciation of, and preparation for, future paths. Athletes undertaking something different outside their sport have shown improved mental well-being, and often improved performance in their sport itself.

The FUTURESMART PGCERT can contribute up to a third of the credits required for an MSc in Strategic Business Management at the University of Law requiring you to complete just the modules on the programme and being exempt from the dissertation (60 credits to the 180 needed).

 

PGCERT A KEY TO ACADEMIC OR PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
On completion of the PGCERT and now an invaluable asset in your PERSONAL PORTFOLIO, we will be able to present this to the university as a means of non-standard entry to the programme of your choice at Master’s level but it can also be important to access professional qualifications.

Professional qualifications in the UK are generally awarded by professional bodies in line with their industry charters and are subject to the European or International directives on professional qualifications.

Most, but not all, are ‘Chartered’ qualifications and follow on from having been awarded an undergraduate degree or an equivalent grade. In an increasing number of professions, FUTURESMART’s academic programmes are being recognised as an equivalent qualification, allowing you direct entry to study and sit a range of professional degrees.

We have successfully placed professional athletes through a number of such qualifications:

Accountancy, Project Management, Real Estate, Financial Management; Information Technology; Cyber Security; Marketing; Building a Business; Book-Keeping; Sport Journalism; Film Editing, DJ training; Personal trainer; Pilates; Yoga; Nutrition; Mindfulness…and more.

 

WORKING WITH CLUBS AND ORGANISATIONS

We also have successful experience in working with Clubs and Organisations. A group of 5 to 10 players at a club has proven to form a highly effective group, even if studying different courses and wishing to enter different professions. It is also possible to tailor courses, accreditation and support to incorporate existing programmes seen at many clubs such as the highly effective education and community initiatives.

OVERVIEW

INTRODUCTION
Free one-to-one online consultation meeting with one of our professional tutors. Listening to your aims, questions and giving you a detailed outline on how FUTURESMART can support you the best way.

ANALYSIS MEETING
An initial needs analysis meeting as the first step in developing a focussed personal action plan. ESTABLISHING an aim and clarifying your focus for your future. UNDERSTANDING your attributes and how these might be applied to a new career.

THINKING about the skills acquired in your present role and how they might be used in a new position, or how they may assist in gaining formal qualifications. DEVELOPING a plan of action for the steps required to achieve your aims.

SELECTING and undertaking the required qualifications needed to achieve your goal.

ROAD MAPPING
We will help you outline your academic pathways for career development by developing a bespoke offering including a timeline and detailed action plan.

PERSONAL PORTFOLIO
FUTURESMART offers you to set up and develop your PERSONAL PORTFOLIO an essential asset for whichever pathway you would like to pursue. This will include a CV of your sporting career and personal statement; an overview of your unique attributes and transferable skills; your existing professional or academic qualifications and other achievements relevant to your future. Whilst setting up your PERSONAL PORTFOLIO with us you will also develop your interview, communication and presentation skills.

Whatever you chose to do next, an academic or professional qualification or moving straight into your second career, your PERSONAL PORTFOLIO will allow you to take your next successful step with confidence and enthusiasm.

UNIVERSITY NEGOTATIONS
Our extended partnership with Universities allows us to obtain the right and most cost effective package for you. We negotiate with Universities to identify the most relevant courses or development of bespoke courses, from Foundation, Undergraduate and Masters levels, to Professional Doctorates.

EXPERT SUPPORT
Assistance for both academic and professional development programmes during and after the application process. One-to-one support and mentoring in achieving academic and professional qualifications. Our Virtual Learning Platform offers you the classroom experience with all the resources, information and literature required to develop your project, plus the opportunity to discuss your work with your personal tutor and cohort.

PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
With FUTURESMART you will be able to access a network of professionals working in established companies and organisations, who can support you in form of mentorship and/or assist you in securing professional work placements which most courses require as well as building new experiences.

CONTINUOUS PERSONAL ASSISTANCE
On-going personal and professional support throughout your programme is offered by the Futuresmart staff so you never feel alone developing your academic or professional skills.

ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES
Further reasons to consider academic or professional studies during the playing or coaching career include:

Enhancing critical thinking and reflective practice skills and knowledge which are proven to enhance performance as an athlete or coach. Time away from the sport during rest and recovery will become more productive and engaging – an effective break from the pressure of the sport as well as preparing you for life after sport whilst interacting with a new group of likeminded people.