I expect most of you have either read or heard about the ex-Premier League winner and former England International who is hoping to have another sporting career. Rio Ferdinand is in training with aim to secure a professional boxers licence. This has raised more than a few eyebrows, with many asking why?
Why indeed, would someone at the age of 38 want to put himself through all the pain to become a boxer. Unlike some who go down this path, it is not for the money, but because he misses the challenge and competition of being an elite sportsman. It is also a way for him to cope with the loss of his wife to breast cancer, a couple of years ago.
Many top sportsman and women find it difficult to adjust to life after they retire.
Indeed, many suffer from chronic depression as they struggle to cope with life away from their “stage”. I am glad to say that there is more help at hand these days, especially in the form of chaplaincy.
The club chaplain, does not have a magic wand to change...