There's no shortage of good causes out there, but with so much choice, it can be difficult to find the right sponsorship opportunity.
Many find it difficult to find opportunities that are truly unique, feel more like a partnership and actually give back more than you put in.
You may be a great sponsor, but we recognise that you're also a business.
Sponsorship should be more than a great corporate social responsibility story. It should also help you grow your brand and your capability.
Supporting the Next Step READY programme will provide you with a unique partnership opportunity.
"More than half of former professional sportspeople have had concerns about their mental or emotional wellbeing since retiring. The struggle to find new purpose can lead to more serious problems such depression, self-harm, addiction and financial problems."
BBC State of Sport Report 2018
The harsh reality facing many elite sportspeople is that life after sport hits them harder than they ever imagine. Even the most successful of athletes and para-athletes often describe both the transition and the aftermath as “Losing all purpose.”, “Falling off a cliff” or “Losing all hope.”
Whether retirement from sport is planned or unplanned, the Next Step READY Elite Athlete Training Programme, helps Athletes and Para-Athletes find their own answers to three fundamental questions:
Looking to find the right career, wanting to set up their own business or just want to have a great plan for when the time comes, Next Step READY helps Athletes shape their IDENTITY, articulate their VALUE and explore their CHOICES.
“The Next Step READY programme fills a huge need which will help on the on-field performance of athletes and enable them to become more balanced individuals” - Hollie Pearne-Webb MBE, Hockey Captain and Olympic Gold Medalist
“This programme is invaluable for those wishing to get ahead with their next steps after sport. I wish I had done the programme earlier to save the time and effort it took to find my path” - Rachel Finder, Extreme Skier and Entrepreneur. Managing Director of Uthrive Limited
“The Next Step READY programme helps remove the fear of the unknown for athletes; this gives people comfort that when they retire they can start their next journey” - Rachel Morris MBE, Paralympic Gold medalist
"In sport we prepare for every eventuality, learn to build incredible relationships, get the most out of ourselves and those around us. Next Step READY translates these/your unique sporting skills to business and builds confidence that whatever comes next, sport has given you the skills to succeed." - Stewart Innes, Olympic Rower
"This programme is aligned to supporting the Sport’s duty of care. I think it will improve retention for those worrying that they are missing out on career opportunities by staying in sport” - Henry Fieldman, World Champion Rowing Cox
"As athletes on our NGB Elite teams we have world class support networks to make us ready to compete on the highest level. Next Step READY are part of that same support network, but to help us with what happens with life after our sporting careers." - Ollie Cook, Great Britain Athlete and Olympic Rower
This programme is more than just preparing a deserving group of exceptional people for their next future, it impacts their performance and wellbeing now. It’s preventative nature helps increase confidence, stability and on-field performance now, as well as reduce the risks of mental health issues, loss of identity and purpose that can lead to more serious problems such as financial uncertainty, depression, self-harm, addiction…or worse.
We’re not distracted by recruitment fees or forcing athletes down unsuitable paths. Our purpose is to help them shape their IDENTITY, articulate their VALUE and give them CHOICE; giving them the CONFIDENCE and CAPABILITY to be Next Step READY, whatever that path may be.
If you think partnering is a crazy idea, then we’d like to say a huge thank you for the generosity you’ve shown in giving your time to considering this proposition.
If you see the huge partnering potential and want to be part of a unique story that gives back more than you put in, we invite you to register your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.