Thriving in Professional Football

Thriving in Professional Football

Jamie Forrester is a former professional footballer with a 19-year playing career.  Jamie represented Leeds United FC at Premier League level, numerous other clubs both at home and abroad including Hull City, AJ Auxerre (France) and FC Utrecht (Holland) as well as England U15, U16 & U18 which also included 2 years at the FA National School Of Excellence at Lilleshall.

Jamie is also an Ambassador for The Sports Business Club and is involved in a Business Development role with The Football Family. 

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This episode is helpful for young footballers, parents and coaches where former professional footballer Jamie Forrester’s shares his thoughts on how to thrive in professional football. 

Today, we chat about playing overseas, training and playing with big names stars at such as Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister in a successful Leeds United team.  The challenges of moving clubs, settling in, hitting the ground running, dealing with managers are other features of this episode.  

Key Learning Points:

  • It was very intense, playing in Auxerre’s academy and it helped technically and tactically develop Jamie’s game.
  • I was so fortunate to play with some top, top players such as David Rocastle and Scott Sellars  that really escalated my development.
  • Football opens you up to experiences that you have to back yourself and you have to prove that you’re good enough to be there, both from a football perspective but also socially.
  • You really do have to try and make an impact as soon as you can because you don’t get too many chances when you’re a young player.
  • From all of people that I’ve ever worked with, Gordon Strachan was the biggest influence on my game.
  • The mindset of a young 18 year old, is very different to an experienced pro.
  • As I became more experienced, going to different clubs, in new dressing rooms it became easier as I was always quite a confident person socially.
  • Although it is a team sport, an individual mindset is needed to do well.
  • When you’re older you realise that the manager is a human-being, and then you tailor your approach.  They just want somebody they can trust, so I’d always look to be the guy that they could put their trust in.
  • If I was out of the team now, I would be proactive finding reasons why I’m not playing from the manager.

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

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