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Planning for the Future

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Planning for the Future

(facing retirement)   



This program is not only for those close to retirement. It is for all players, no matter their age or stage of their career. Preparation for the future begins when you choose to make that decision; not just career or vocational, but psychologically, emotionally & socially. It is not an onerous task, it does not have to be set in stone, it does not prohibit you from ‘trying’ different things or making mistakes, it is simply a plan. A plan is something that can be varied, adjusted, ‘tinkered with’ or even abandoned, though the latter should be with thought and rational decision. Perhaps the best way to put it is; simply encouraging the individual to ‘think’. Unlike the ‘fast food’ society in which we live, thinking & planning imply a little discipline and a little ‘postponement of pleasure’. The end result is greater satisfaction & sense of achievement; a greater feeling of self worth and a higher self esteem. In essence, it is about setting aims & goals.



thingAreas covered:



  • Future goals (realistic v unrealistic) 
  • Financial planning 
  • Do you want to stay involved in the game; what are the options? 
  • Relationships with family, ‘partners’, coaches, trainers/conditioners, club & league administrators etc. 
  • Skills & qualifications. 
  • How to set up for the future. 
  • Biochemical & physiological changes due to reduced involvement as an 'active' player. 
  • Development or enhancement of appropriate & necessary ‘coping skills’. 
  • What to do if you start feeling ‘depressed’; or if other 'poor coping skills' are being utilised.   



thingProgram Length: 



This is a particularly important and serious area for the player. 'Planning for the Future' is therefore a program that runs several times during the season, and for a duration of two (2) hours. The aim is to enable all players & other relevant individuals the opportunity for attendance.  


thingThose involved:


  • We encourage, though it is not essential, the attendance of partners, spouses, significant others, coaches, administrative personnel and so on. This is is because of the impact retirement can have on them and their role in reducing any negative outcome; being instrumental in the successful transition from playing to 'non-playing'.
  • 'Kick Off' utilizes the skills & experience of ex-players, financial advisors, family members of ex-players, as well as its own staff. We also value the input from club & personal management.
  • Some assistance from league administrative entities and educational/vocational services is often utilised and very useful. Informational, resource material, workbook & feedback form provided.




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