This is a great picture that puts into complete clear view what we are putting into our bodies. I am not a health freak by any stretch of the imagination but I do eat healthy and so does my family. This is an incredible insight as to how much worthless processed bad sugars we pour into our bodies. This is why at Academy-Links I am trying to get kids healthy and active and enjoying the great outdoor life and sports. Sat indoors all day playing on a gadget eating and drinking rubbish is not the way to go at all. This picture should stand as a stark reminder that we as parents have such an important role to play in what we give our kids.
A comparison of the highs and lows of professional football… Or is it???
My Home Premier League debut against Liverpool for Aston Villa as a young pro and a more mature composed John McGrath in his midfield role at Burton Albion captaining the side.
I am making the comparison to highlight that I believe whatever level or age you play the professional game, it still puts you in the elite 1% of those who “make it” as a professional footballer.
I had it all. I was playing, YES playing, in the greatest league on the planet and living every young boys dream. But if your expecting the same old sob story of a player who had it all and now has nothing because I had to ply my trade in the lower leagues then this is not the story for you. Because for me I still have it all and have for my whole career. This is a lesson to every young kid that there is life beyond the Premier League. I have carved out a great career and had lots of highlight’s which include playing Premier League football, representing my country, winning league titles and captaining a football league club. Now that for me is a successful career, the lower leagues may not come with all the trimmings and riches of the Premier League but I went to work every day with a huge smile on my face and never once wanted to miss a days training.
So who is the better player in the picture above. The young naive untapped talent that had just come over from the Emerald Isle on the left or on the right the 300+ appearance holder who has come out smiling from everything that football has thrown at him. From spending summers without a club to long term injuries I am proud to say that I have come through it all and still love the game today and love my career that I have carved out for myself. So I think the boy on the right is a much better player now than the one on the left and anyone who thinks a player is done and dusted just because of his age or level he plays at should really think again.
To give further insight into the life of a footballer I will be adding a new feature to my blog! This will be Player and Manager Interviews!
I want to ask players and managers the questions that you want answering… You the fans, the loyal supporters, the football followers and you who just wants to know that little bit more!
My first player interview will be with Burton Albion FC star striker Billy Kee!!
To ask Billy your question simply sign up to follow my blog via email and then add your question to the comment box below this post.
I will select the best 10 questions. Good Luck!
Who says footballers haven’t got a loving caring side! Although I don’t think Calvin Zola is too impressed with our unique goal celebration. This was typical Billy, always messing about and anyone who knows him will tell you what a character he is. But beneath all the jokes and giggles is a very serious and dedicated footballer who works hard on his trade.
This is my number 1 rule to players at all levels. Whether it be grass roots or in the professional game please enjoy yourselves and play the game we love with a smile on your face. After all that’s the reason we started playing in the 1st place, right????
A see through view of a reconstructed ACL
I now have similar pins in my knee, its amazing when you get to see the x-ray and actually see them in there. I cant feel them and it is all healing really well. I just hope I don’t set any airport security alarms off when I go abroad!!!
Me with some of the kids from one of our 6 week skills courses. Lots of happy faces. With football not being a long term career, coaching the next generation is what I want to do when I retire.