Football – the hype comes all the way down the football pyramid into village football as young men try to mirror the professional game.
Tweeting, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchatting, building profiles like the idols you follow each day is all around us.
For a non-league player the pressure isn’t the same compared to a professional footballer, granted.
However, working your day job and then finding the motivation and determination to keep at the top of your fitness and skill level is tough.
The pressure to be lean and muscular, to be seen in the gym doing the right sessions all has the same feel whether a pro or non-league footballer.
Having recently retired from local non-league football in various roles the reality suddenly came …… what do I do now?
Training at a pro club from the age of nine for three sessions a week ,all the way through to the age of seventeen you find yourself already institutionalised.
Then bang! Spat out of the the system because you are not considered good enough to make the grade.
You are programmed by a system that makes you believe that you are on a path than no one else can touch and that only people in that system can understand.