UK Athlete Jack Green: Journey back to the track following his battle with depression


Trans World Sport visited the IMG Academy in Florida to film with 400m Hurdler Jack Green. The British athlete is in training to return to the sport following his battle with depression. All information regarding Trans World Sport can be found at


David Priestley, Arsenal FC: Stimulating players through personal development



David Priestley who is the Head of Psychology and Personal Development at Arsenal FC and formerly of Saracens Rugby Club discusses how personal development programs can be of great benefit for the long-term of player development on and of the field. He explains the personal development structures and programs he created while at Saracens Rugby Club and what he is now trying to implement at Arsenal FC. David was talking at the Leaders In Sport Business Summit and all details can be found at


Top tips for Coping with Injury – Dame Kelly Holmes, Dai Greene & Adam Gemili


Learn how top athletes cope with injury when Jaguar Academy of Sport Ambassadors Dai Greene and Adam Gemili join Patron Dame Kelly Holmes at


Depression In Rugby League – The Footy Show



The Footy Show’s story on depression in Rugby League. Featuring Michael Slater, Preston Campbell, Reni Maitua and the late Mosese Fotuaika.



Niall Quinn – Talks Player Welfare and the importance of Education for young footballers



The Second Captains crew chat to former Republic of Ireland international legend Niall Quinn about why he feels player welfare and education is more important now than ever for today’s youth academy players. He also reveals the reason why he decided to buy Liverpool’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet instead of another Irish goalkeeper while chairman of Sunderland Football Club over a certain question that Mignolet asked that made Quinn think that this player was thinking about his future.


A Day in the Life of Professional Athlete and  Team GB swimmer James Goddard


If you want to know what a day in the life of a professional swimming athlete is like then this is a great example by Team GB swimmer James Goddard. It gives an exceptional and honest account by James as to the daily routines and challenges that athletes like James put themselves through in order to reach the games and and ultra-mentally the podium. From the early morning starts, juggling family commitments, spending a lot of time away on camps to sleeping in a altitude tent nightly. All in a days work of being a professional Olympic athlete. Great  work by James and for putting this production together.


GPA We Wear More –  Emotional Health and Wellbeing Campaign for GAA Players 



The GPA has launched a new Emotional Health and Wellbeing Campaign for GAA players. The campaign is aimed at encouraging players to discuss their problems, recognise signs of distress and support each other. The campaign features a team of 12 county players as there ambassadors represented by different counties. The players are Michael Murphy (Donegal), Padraig Brehony (Galway), Seamus Hennessy (Tipperary), Alan O’Mara (Cavan), Padraig Collins (Clare), Conal Keaney (Dublin), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Colm Begley (Laois), Eoin Cadogan (Cork), Rob Hennelly (Mayo), Jonny Cooper (Dublin), Ciaran McKeever (Armagh), Lee Chin (Wexford) and Niall McNamee (Offaly).

Please visit for more information on this very worthy campaign.




GPA President and Dublin U21 manager Dessie Farrell on GAA Mental Health



Former Dublin footballer and now GPA President and Dublin U21 manager Dessie Farrell talks about mental health within the GAA. He explains how the weight of expectation on a players shoulder can be at times difficult to deal with once they put on a jersey.  If a player is having difficulties of the pitch for example work, studies or  relationship issues,  Dessie says this can an negative effect on the pitch.



Mayo footballer Rob Hennelly talks GAA Mental Health



Mayo GAA footballer Rob Hennelly discusses Mental Health in the GAA such as the effects of anxiety and depression and even the stress that comes with financial difficulties that lots of players have to go through. Just because a person puts on a GAA jersey doesn’t shield them away from suffering with such issues.



Dave Kitson – Wrong Move Almost Cost Me My Career & Family


Former Premier League record-signing Dave Kitson - Picture by

Former Premier League record-signing Dave Kitson – Picture by


Former Premier League record-signing Dave Kitson speaks with revealing for the first time the reasons why it took him 18 competitive games to hit the back of the net for Stoke City, which in the process almost cost him his career and family.

Kitson, who’s now applies his craft with Oxford United  moved from southern England for the first time in his career in 2008, leaving Reading for Stoke City for a reported record fee of £5.5million.

Having previously made a seamless transition from non-league football to the Madejski Stadium – where he scored an impressive 54 goals in 135 appearances – the striker however failed to net in his opening 18 competitive games for the Potters.

Kitson moved his wife and baby north with him. But despite only travelling three hours up the M6 to a club in a country where he’s grown up and played in his entire life, Kitson believes his decision to essentially enter for him what was the unknown ultimately cost him his career at the Britannia, with his family isolated and he himself returning to his former club Reading on loan just months later.

The clip gives a great insight in to the challenges that professional footballers face not only themselves but the challenges that there family encounter as well along the way which can effect a player on the field.


What’s a typical day like for an athlete playing overseas?


What’s a typical day like for an athlete playing overseas and some of the challenges they face? Professional American volleyball athlete Matt Anderson’s Russian team and TV program captured it perfectly.



You can see the routines that last 9 months, the need for rest when having two practices a day, the large amount of time athletes abroad spend alone when away from the gym, and how you better learn a few “go-to” meals before you go.





Players Football Association Scotland - Picture by

Players Football Association Scotland – Picture by


PFA Scotland was pleased to launch it’s educational film on Mental Health in Scottish football titled “Mind Games”

The film which has been created in partnership with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and “see me” is aimed at raising awareness of the subject of mental health issues in football, and across wider society along with continuing to reduce the stigma attached to admission of any difficulties.

The film includes current and former players Neil Lennon (Celtic FC Manager), Iain Russell (Queen of the South), Robbie Neilson (Heart of Midlothian) and Ian Murray (Dumbarton).

The short film can be viewed by (CLICKING HERE)




Dame Kelly Holmes talks to Piers Morgan


Double Olympic Goal Medalist Dame Kelly Holmes - Picture by

Double Olympic Goal Medalist Dame Kelly Holmes – Picture by


“Double Olympic goal medalist Dame Kelly Holmes on self-harm, suicide thoughts and reveals how her path to glory was fraught with injury and heartache” 


The British Athlete Dame Kelly Holmes talks to Piers Morgan about the dramatic ups and downs of her athletics career that she when through on the journey to winning two Olympic gold medals. She has been described by Lord Coe as Britain’s greatest ever female athlete. In this incredible in-dept interview that even at times it is difficult to watch as the athlete reveals that she used to cut herself and even thought of suicide because the pressure to win was so great.




Irish Swimmer Bethany Carson – Injury Recovery   Video 


Irish Swimmer Bethany Carson aims to make the Commonwealth Games this year but must first battle her recovery - Picture by

Irish Swimmer Bethany Carson aims to make the Commonwealth Games this year but must first win her race with recovery – Picture by


Irish Swimmer Bethany Carson decided to make videos of her recovery in the pool & gym after a recent break in her leg & ankle. Bethany who swims for Ireland & Northern Ireland hopes to make the Commonwealth Games this year for the 2nd time and is determine to stay positive and make this happen. It is an excellent insight in to the amount of psychical and mental strength that elite athletes need, face and go through when they are injured. It can be such a lonely and frustrated time for athletes when they are injured but this is a very uplifting and positive videos by Bethany which would benefit athletes that are competing at any level and  going through any injury psychological issues at the moment. Hope you enjoy it and I wish Bethany the best of luck oh her full recovery.


Clip 1 – The beginning of recovery for Bethany Carson


Clip 2 – 10 weeks from the closing date of Commonwealth Games for Bethany Carson 




Leon McKenzie- My Fight With Life


Leon Mark McKenzie is a former professional footballer who started his professional career with Crystal  in 1995. He also appeared for Fulham and Peterborough United on loan whilst with The Eagles before securing a permanent move to Peterborough in 2000. Three years later he joined Norwich City and became a part of the side who won promotion to the Premier League. He then went on to play for Coventry City, Charlton Athletic and Northampton Town before dropping into Non-league football withKettering Town and Corby Town. He retired from competitive football on 1 January 2013.

When he retired from Football he took up English professional boxing who now competes in the Super middleweight class.

Here Leon Mckenzie talks with Asa Clark about his autobiography. In “My fight with life” McKenzie talks about his fight with depression, injuries and suicide as well as his new career as a boxer.




Footballs Suicide Secret


Football Suicide Secrets - Clarke Carlisle investigates depression in football

Football Suicide Secrets – Clarke Carlisle investigates depression in football


Excellent documentary of Chairman of the Professional Footballers Association Clarke Carlisle who  investigates depression in the sport and the impact that stress has off the field. It reflects on the death in 2011 of Wales`s then manager Gary Speed as the ex – Northampton Town defender talks to the Speed Family, young players and other managers in a bid to find out why footballers struggle to ask for help when suffering from depression, and ask whether mental illness remains a taboo in the professional game.

Please view the video below as  this excellent and very insightful documentary will give you a very detailed  experience of the mental battles that went on in Clarke`s head and how this can lead to a tragic ending for so many sports people who find it so hard to ask for help.