testimonials. professional athletes on futuresmart

ROWENA BIRCH . FINANCIAL ADVISER . PRESTFIELD WEALTH MANAGEMENT
BRITISH JUDO . OLYMPIAN 1996, EUROPEAN JUDO CHAMPION 1994

The commitment involved in doing sport at the highest level is immense, and the transition to a new career after, long and hard. This can cause a conflict between chasing your sporting dream while you can and preparing for a career after sport. The opportunities provided by FUTURESMART help to address these issues, ensuring that when you retire from performance sport you are not starting out on the back foot with your second career. A brilliant initiative, providing an individual approach to meet the needs of a professional athlete, whilst utilising elite sport’s hard earned transferable skills to fast track them into their next profession.

TOM VARNDELL . CLIENT MANAGER AT ELITE PLAYER MANAGEMENT
EX-PROFESSIONAL RFU PLAYER . ENGLAND . LEICESTER TIGERS . WASPS . BRISTOL BEARS

"To have the help and support with finding the perfect qualifications for me, that work alongside both my playing and current job is fantastic. They make the whole process so easy, breaking down the courses and costings for you. Making everything really manageable and easy to do."

EORL CRABTREE . HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS CLUB AMBASSADOR
EX RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYER . ENGLAND . HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

"FUTURESMART helped me to identify my transferable skills and how to best apply them for a new career. Carole has an exceptional understanding of what is needed of every professional athlete to achieve a successful career after sport. The support FUTURESMART provides is second to none. I can only highly recommend them to any professional athlete thinking about their second career."

CHRIS BELL . HEAD OF COMMERCIAL . LUTON TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB
EX-PROFESSIONAL RFU PLAYER . WASPS, SALE, LEEDS, HARLEQUINS

“Studying with FUTURESMART has been an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience. The team understands each individual student’s needs and provide a bespoke study programme. FUTURESMART also create a support programme to assist the student by balancing work and study. Carole’s passion for learning and experience in Higher Education help support your learning objectives and personal development. FUTURESMART created a bespoke studying option for me that allowed me to learn and develop around a busy job and family life. The FUTURESMART team support and challenge you to achieve your goal.”

REBECCA GUY . MNU CERTIFIED NUTRIONIST
PERFORMANCE SWIMMER

"Elite athletes have so much to give; they are highly disciplined and motivated individuals always looking for a new challenge. FUTURESMART provides a much-needed platform to channel this often-overlooked talent into new careers beyond sport. The post-sporting career transition period is difficult at best, especially if the demands of the sport have left the athlete without formal qualifications. If nurtered apropiriately, retired athletes can be a melting pot of opportunity for potential employers. I believe that pursuing skills through FUTURESMART pathways, whilst focusing on sport, actually helps the athlete perform as it gives them a greater sense of purpose, of identity and belonging."

DAN SANDERSON . DIRECTOR OF SPORT TRURO SCHOOL
EX-PROFESSIONAL RFU PLAYER . YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE, NORTHAMPTON AND WORCESTER

“Retiring from a career in professional sport can be a very stressful time, particularly when you have a young family to support. I am very fortunate to have met Carole whilst I was still playing because FUTURESMART has led me to a post-rugby career in education that I never imagined was possible. Carole gave me both the confidence and the right advice to help me access the Masters course I needed to progress my career. Without FUTURESMART I certainly wouldn’t be in the position I am now.”

CHRIS ELDER . SENIOR CONSULTANT. BLACKROCK EXPERT SERVICES
EX-PROFESSIONAL RFU PLAYER . LONDON WELSH . YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE

"FUTURESMART was pivotal in allowing me to elevate my potential when exiting professional sport and starting my new career. They helped me with improving my CV and also equip me with very useful skills for my subsequent job."

PAUL HODGSON . DIRECTOR OF SPORT CRANMORE SCHOOL
EX-PROFESSIONAL RFU PLAYER . ENGLAND . LONDON IRISH . WORCESTER WARRIORS

"Exceptional 1 on 1 care and attention, both in the planning of the course, to support all the way throughout. FUTURSMART helped me improve my skill sets and allow my confidence to grow for the new challenges ahead. They offer so many options and give the individual bespoke service for every person. I 100% recommend FUTURESMART as I wouldn’t have achieved my distinction at Masters without them."

HARRY LEONARD . SENIOR BROKER . BMS GROUP
EX-PROFESSIONAL RFU PLAYER . SCOTLAND U20 . EDINBURGH RUGBY . YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE .

"FUTURESMART is a very professional and innovative company who have helped me in many ways. They enabled me to further my education whilst playing full-time rugby, liaising with the university with regards to cost, attendance and course time. I would definitely encourage all sportsmen and women to contact FUTURESMART when looking at options outside of
their profession."

JACK COBDEN . PROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYER
ENGLAND U20 . ROMANIA . NOTTINGHAM RFC . CSM BUCURESTI

"It’s been fantastic to have the expertise offered to me by Carole Davis at FUTURESMART. As an athlete it’s tough to focus on your career after professional sport as you can be so absorbed in your mission to be the best sportsman or woman. However, it takes wisdom to know that it will one day come to an end, so do your best whilst you’re playing to take advantage of what great people like Carole have to offer. Invest in your future. Really contemplate on where your strengths and passions lie and go for it."

TRISTAN LLOYD . REGIONAL CONTRACT MANAGER . TAYLOR FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
EX-PROFESSIONAL RFU PLAYER . YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE

"As I had already attained degree qualification, FUTURESMART helped to develop my career path and transition through skills assessment, CV development and CPD. Carole was always so enthusiastic and helpful, and at the end of the phone if I ever needed any extra support. I would definitely encourage any sportspeople to contact Carole and the team at FUTURESMART if they are looking to prepare for life after sport. "

TOM FARARA LINDSEY . ASSISTANT COACH BRISTOL BEARS WOMEN
EX-PROFESSIONAL RFU PLAYER . ENGLAND SAXONS . WASPS . GLOUCESTER . SARACENS . BRISTOL BEARS

DAVID SEYMOUR . SALES SPECIALIST . HOSPITAL INNOVATIONS UK
EX-PROFESSIONAL RFU PLAYER . ENGLAND . SARACENS . SALE SHARKS

CHARLIE BEECH . HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT . ACTIONCOACH
EX-PROFESSIONAL RFU PLAYER . ENGLAND U20 . WASPS . BATH . YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE