Former Celtic and Rangers stars Paul Lambert and John Brown have re-launched Spohrt – a career development and advisory service for sports professionals devised by ex-St Mirren, Falkirk and Dundee defender Roddy Manley. Level5 arranged a photocall and media conference on Spohrt’s behalf.
Established in 2013, Spohrt’s aim is to support sportsmen and women by offering career advice and assistance through a range of training and education programmes.
Spohrt is passionate about helping young footballers in particular who face a career crossroads when not qualifying for professional contracts. Spohrt possess the knowledge and experience to educate players of all ages in order for them to find alternative employment should they leave the game at whatever age.
Former Old firm stars Paul Lambert and John Brown joined Roddy Manley and Business & Commercial Consultant Jim Harkins, former licensed agent and ex- Dumbarton and Youth Development Coach, at Airdrie’s New Broomfield ground to re-launch the initiative.
Full details of Spohrt’s training and development programmes can be found at www.spohrt.com, by calling 0141 611 7898 or emailing email@example.com.
Spohrt founder Roddy Manley commented: “Spohrt’s Talent Education & Training programmes are specifically designed to provide job and career awareness for professionals of all ages as it is never too early to start considering what a career after sport might be. In fact it could be argued that the sooner an individual begins to lay their foundations for a career after sport, the more opportunities are available to them.
“Our mission is to support professional footballers and clubs and provide education and training programmes to enable players to gain or develop transferable skills that can help them in the workplace. We are passionate about what we do and will make sure that we deliver excellence service. Our partner company Vary Recruitment, based in Glasgow and London, also offers recruitment services to a number of high net worth clients throughout the country and we can assist with alternative employment.”
Paul Lambert commented: “I am delighted to lend my support to Spohrt and I fully endorse their principles. The wellbeing of young sportsmen and women is of paramount importance and although some fulfill their dream of playing football at the highest level there are many more who don’t make it and Spohrt can make a positive difference to the players who seek alternative employment.”
John Brown commented: “This is something that football should be doing for every young kid. You need to chase your dream but this kind of safety net can offer some sort of security. I wish I had the backing of a company like Spohrt when I was a young player.”
Anne Blyth, Spohrt’s training and education consultant, commented: “Education is of paramount importance and it was my pleasure to devise a programme for Spohrt which is suitable for all levels. Our career development model helps prepare young professionals for the employment market and we have a range of courses on offer to suit all ages.”
Spohrt also has the backing of former Performance Director of the Scottish FA, Mark Wotte, ex-Scottish FA Chief Executive Gordon Smith and former Scotland Manager Craig Brown.
Mark Wotte commented: “Spohrt is a unique business that fulfills a real need in Scottish football.
“They are genuine and passionate about what they do and my impression is that they will make sure that the business delivers excellent service to support professional footballers. Spohrt have the full package to advise and assist pro youth academy graduates if they are not successful in getting a full time professional contract.”
Gordon Smith added: “Spohrt’s plan is first class and should be considered seriously by clubs and ruling bodies. Training for a future life, as well as a career, after football, is fundamental to the financial wellbeing of all those who participate in the game. This initiative can provide a worthwhile, structured improvement to their education and career prospects. I firmly believe it should be implemented and supported by the SFA, SPFA and all member clubs of the SPFL.”
Craig Brown said: “I would recommend Spohrt and urge players to look at Roddy’s company. It is a very worthwhile initiative – it’s first class in fact and I have no doubt they can provide expert training to many footballers who unfortunately don’t make it at the highest level.”
Thanks to all who attended and to Willie Vass for the use of the pictures.