Health & Nutrition

It takes many qualities to become a professional footballer. Talent, hard work and determination will get you so far, but discipline in keeping your body and mind healthy will help you push that bit further.

What you put into your body will shape your performance on the pitch. The FA has very strict guidelines and some substances you think are harmless, could cause serious affects and jeaopardise your chance of becoming a professional footballer.

Young player’s social status as a professional footballer can make you a target of attention from unsuitable “friends” who may encourage you to make decisions you otherwise wouldn’t. Moreover, players may well try and live up to the “footballers lifestyle” or “image” which can involve the use of drugs and alcohol.

Players who test positive for drugs maybe be banned from the game for a lengthy period of which, will make it exceptionally difficult to succeed in professional football.