Written by: Callum Preston | Former goalkeeper Callum contacted the media team for assistance with the written element of his course, where he is required to prepare a piece for publication. We hope you enjoy his work.
Wrexham AFC goalkeeper Callum Preston may only be 22 years old but he is already preparing for life after Football as he is currently working towards a BA Hons in Professional Sport writing and Broadcasting. Footballers' careers can be cut short in a split second, whether this is due to injury or age, it doesn’t last forever. However there are many different options available to players through the Professional Footballers Association, better know as the PFA.
A life without Football seems unthinkable, however a little planning and preparation for the future can’t do a professional footballer any harm. So, I decided to continue my education and proceeded to start the degree previously mentioned. The degree is a distance learning type of learning, which allows me to fit it around the hectic schedule of football life whilst also proving that not all Footballers lack intelligence and don’t live up to the current stereotype perceived by many.
After an injury hit few seasons, the degree has diverted the pressures of football and allowed me to channel my energies in to working towards a completely different goal, which is something I feel will help numerous professionals in the same position. Journalism seemed the logical choice for a career after football to me personally and this degree allows me to get the experience required to become a successful journalist.
After watching from the sideline for parts of this season, it has been privilege to see Wrexham AFC challenging for promotion this season and this is something the fans and the club deserves. The statute and following of the club is too big not to be in the Football League. The fans are definitely the best following I’ve played in front of and nothing beats a rocking Racecourse on a Saturday afternoon.