Here at Johnston Associates South, your Nelson and Marlborough based chartered accountants, we’re pleased to be sponsors of the Paul Ifill Football Academy, here in Nelson.
The academy was set up at the beginning of this year, and there are now two squads, both of sixteen players (one squad aged between 11-13, and the other aged between 14-16). These squads train weekly with retired professional footballer, Paul Ifill, who flies into Nelson every Wednesday. The aim of the academy is for players to follow in the footsteps of professionals like Jeremy Brockie, who was still at Nayland College when he signed his first A-League contract.
We think it’s really important to nurture young talent, these kids are the future, and we see a direct correlation between performance on the sports field and performance in business. We’re pleased to lend a financial hand in shaping these young men into the super stars they will be come, whatever their chosen career path.
Five reasons why great team sports performance leads to great business performance:
- It teaches you to focus – Entrepreneurs and successful business owners set a goal and work diligently towards it. That’s just like playing sport, you know where you want to be… Top of your league… So you focus on the prize.
- It teaches you to put processes in place – Change of sport… But have you seen those All Blacks play? They’re like a well oiled machine. They have a game plan, they know the processes that need to occur to get them over the touch line.
- You learn to adapt – When something goes wrong on the pitch you learn to change your game, that’s an important business lesson, if you come up against hurdles you’ll need to figure out how you get over them.
- You learn to maximise your potential – Team sports require a dedication that ensures you always give 100 per cent, this is a great way to train for a successful business career.
- It teaches you the value of teamwork – Whether you’re a CEO or sole trader, the team around you is vital for business success. We like to think of ourselves as part of the team for the clients we work with, we’re working towards their success.