Dumbarton defender Sam Wardrop has said that the isolation he experienced recovering from a serious knee injury helped inspire him to start his own business.
The 23-year-old defender has launched his own coaching company, focusing on changing people’s mindsets and lifestyles - as well as helping them to get fit.
After discovering a passion for learning more about the body and seeing his fundraising workouts online proving a huge hit during the first lockdown, Wardrop took the step of launching his own business last year.
However it was darker times as he recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament just months after joining Dundee United that sparked Sam’s interest in mindset coaching.
The former Celtic kid told the Lennox: “I quite like the psychology side of sport. With my knee I was isolated quite a bit. That might resonate with some people, so I’m trying to share little gems which might help people.
“If people take one thing away from anything I’ve written or anything they hear me say, because I’m posting a lot of videos and stuff like that, then that’s the most important thing.
“A lot of it was delivered on a plate to me at Celtic but if you’re not in that environment it’s hard to educate yourself and get that knowledge, and that’s something I just want to share with people.”
Sam’s coaching programme includes his Project Sam Lifestyle (PSL) programme, a nine-week programme starting in May that offers a training programme, nutrition advice and mindset training for everyone who signs up.
The first PSL programme kicked off in January, and Wardrop was delighted with the response.
He continued: “I started obviously at the beginning of lockdown and it was a bit of an idea out of nowhere, taking a few online classes on Zoom.
“To be honest up until December I’d been working away behind the scenes with a web designer and web developer, putting a package together that people can access at home covering mindset, nutrition and training.
“Essentially it takes everything I’ve learned in my time as a footballer so far, working with top level coaches, sports scientists, nutritionists and psychologists. The lot, you name it.
“I’ve taken all the bits that I really liked and put them into a package that launched at the end of December.
“It’s gone down well. I’ve got a group who just started the nine week course in January and it’s going really well so far.
“Everything is on the website and people can have a look. If they like the sound of it then they can join. If they don’t like the look of it, then they can go elsewhere.
“The next project I’ll be doing will start in May to get everyone ready for the beach. Although that may be optimistic unless they live within five miles of one.”
And combining his coaching with playing for the Sons is something that Wardrop is relishing - with teaching very much in his genes.
He added: “My mum’s a primary school teacher so she’s like a life coach in the sense that she helps to shape the lives of young kids. I suppose I maybe get that side of things from her. I like coaching people and helping them.
“Right now I’m really enjoying coaching people and helping them and if I’m having fun then I’m going to keep doing something.”
For more information on Sam’s coaching classes - and to sign up for May’s PSL, visit samwardrop.com.