Last week our Group Marketing Manager Gareth was asked by the Professional Cricketers Association to provide his transitioning story and advice to current cricketers at the annual Futures Conference, designed to help preparation for a future after cricket.
The 2019 PCA Futures Conference saw current and former county professionals and England internationals prioritise an action plan for life after cricket at St. George’s Park.
The annual two-day event was held at the Football Association’s impressive national training facility as the centrepiece of the PCA Futures Week, a campaign which is dedicated to raising awareness of cricketers transitioning into a second career.
Gareth retired 3 years ago after a 15 year career. Alongside his playing and training commitments as a cricketer Gareth studied a CIM marketing degree and has continued developing within marketing since.
“It was great to be back with the PCA team who helped me so much through my career and advised me on my transition since retiring. To talk through my experiences with the current cricketers and others who have similar transitional stories was refreshing. Understanding there is not one correct pathway for players was very evident, but the transferable skills and qualities of a professional sportsperson are extremely valuable in a work environment.
I was very fortunate to have a clear plan of what I wanted to do after cricket once I started mixing studying with work experience. Injury sometimes can give you a greater foresight into how life may look without the sport you give up so much for. I’m extremely grateful for Gen2 who provided me the opportunity to continue to develop alongside a successful and rapidly growing business.
Check out a snap shot from the two days below.