Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold launches initiative to provide career opportunities for former academy players
Liverpool and England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has launched a new initiative called The After Academy, which aims to provide career opportunities for former academy players who didn’t make it as professional footballers. According to the Professional Football Association (PFA), which is a supporting partner of the initiative, over 99% of academy players signed at the age of nine do not become professional footballers, and only one in six of those who make it into the elite scholarship program at 16 play professional football at 21.
Trent’s initiative is focused on the issue of career prospects for former academy players who have often made sacrifices that have impacted their education and other career pathways. The After Academy will provide options for players to utilize the transferable skills they developed in the academy for a new path outside of professional football. Liverpool FC, Red Bull, Under Armour and Therabody are among the supporters of the initiative.
The After Academy initiative will offer various opportunities, including jobs, work placements, and internships across various departments. The PFA, which regularly works to support former academy players, will ensure that the opportunities get in front of the right people and provide education, career, and wellbeing counselling for all former scholars. The platform will go live later this year, and further information will be available via Trent and the PFA’s channels closer to the launch.