I got released at 16 with Cheltenham. It is a big knock to be told that you’re not good enough. Hartpury helped me bounce back. If not for them, I don’t think I would be playing for Gloucester first team now. With the training, we do the training in the morning, half eight in the morning, so that everyone can come. There’s no excuses for anyone missing out on that. Obviously we all want to be professional footballers here and they try and push you to drive you to go to that path. Obviously, to play
football for me is a time where you can get away from get away from that and take your
stress out and enjoy, have fun and enjoy yourself.
And then also have our lectures throughout the day At the moment, we’re in this sports hall doing one of my practical sessions with principles of sports coaching. They gives us a chance to coach and
learn from our experiences. They do encourage you to get your academic work done because that is the priority at the end of the day. We’re here for that reason but also we’re here to develop as players as well and we can do both without having to choose
between them. Hartpury offer optional courses to take such as the FA courses, level one, level two coaching badges, youth module. Everything that is relevant to your course, you can take and they offer that for you. So on the Thursday and the Friday,
we can bring the players in as individuals and go through their strengths, their weaknesses. We have every touch they’ve had, and also the key events of the game, just making sure that they know because then you can see it and listen, and especially for football -ism and elite athletes, the more they can see things, the better their understanding. As a sports team, we offer strength and conditioning sessions. We have the power gym and the gym that we’re near. The strength and conditioning helps towards prevention of injury, like your recovery sessions and all that. I’ve never, never had an injury and I feel that Hartpury has helped me through that as well. For the strength and conditioning and all that, they make sure they check
everyone’s timetables and check where we are all free so that
we can attend those sessions. With the physiotherapy before games, we can have massages to specific areas where we feel a bit
stiff. They provide ice baths and the hot tub. That’s to prevent stiffness and all that because
that can contribute towards injuries which we try to prevent as often as possible. And after that you’ve got spare time to do what you want to do. Or if you need to do assignments and that, you do that. We all want to be professional footballers here and they try and push you to strive to go down that path. They show us the way but we have to go for it. And that’s kind of my journey.