Its been a busy couple of weeks for LAPS, and in particular founder Robbie Simpson, as we’ve been featured in a number of articles across various news outlets recently.
First, on the 20th August, we were featured by the Federation of Small Businesses, in which Robbie raised awareness of the work currently being done by LAPS by highlighting the motivations behind launching the completely free platform for current and former sports professionals and elite athletes. The full article can be found here.
A new month, and a new feature, perhaps most notable LAPS was recognised by the Guardian as they published an article on their website on the 1st September, written by Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines, which is part of the Guardian’s Sport Network. It includes an interview, again with Robbie, in which he recalls a series of anecdotes from earlier in his career, when he was starting out as a rare case of a footballer with a plan for after sport, having studied for a sports-science degree during his first spell at Cambridge United. Robbie goes on to talk about some of the measures that are in place across a range of sports to help athletes with their transition into new careers, and the full article can be found here.
Our next media appearance was in the Community Sports Network’s newsletter, in which Robbie was again interviewed, this time about the motivations for launching LAPS, the work that is done by LAPS, how others can work with LAPS and vital tips for athletes who are planning for life after sport.
Finally, on the 10th September, Albawaba published a piece which looked at some of the issues commonly faced by athletes when moving on from a sporting career. In addition to this, there was an interview with Robbie which focused on the earlier part of his career, during which he was handed the nickname ‘the student’, and became the Coventry City dressing room’s main source of information due to his status as the only player in the team who had a degree.