Louis Rowley was a premiership footballer playing for Manchester United and Leicester City only to give it all up to become an accountant at the age of 21. His compelling story is inspiring and a real eye opener. He is a truly outstanding speaker and is a perfect choice for all types of business and corporate audiences.
“Having Louis share his storey of playing professional football at one the biggest clubs in the world was extremely helpful in raising awareness to enable professional athletes receive off the pitch support. Louis was able to articulate himself in a way which was engaging to an audience of 200 hundred delegates and showcase the challenges he faced but more importantly how he overcome them to avoid certain pitfalls. He was an outstanding speaker and add fantastic value to our event; I would defiantly be looking to have him back.”
Spencer Hidge, Co-Founder, The Premier Sports Network
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Louis Rowley has already packed a substantial amount under his belt for a 22 year old. He spent three years aged 16 - 19 at Manchester United FC in the Under 18 and Under 21 squads. Incredibly whilst his team mates were enjoying the kudos of being a premiership footballed Louis continued his studies after achieving impressive grades in his GCSE’s and studied maths in his spare time. He doesn’t deny it was a huge challenge but he kept to it and obtained a grade A in addition to a double award Business Diploma.
He then transferred to Leicester City FC on a professional contract for one year, and it was halfway through the year he realised he missed the intellectual stimulation of studying and he contacted the PFA and inquired about additional studies/opportunities. It was agreed that accountancy, tax and finance seemed to be the middle ground between football and maths. So he started what he didn’t realise would become his journey into the accountancy industry.
Astonishingly after spending a few days at an array of firms he thought he was going crazy when he found himself saying "I prefer this environment to football". And with six months left on his Leicester City contract he realised he had a major decision to make.
This led to all sorts of mental anguish for Louis and it wasn't until the very end of that period of time he made up his mind. And the defining moment was when he asked himself "when you look back on your life in years to come, what decisions are you going to be proud of?".
Louis Rowley left Leicester City and took time out to travel the world which only further reinforced his decision.
In May 2016 he began his new career. He has thrown himself into each day, he continues to study so he can complete all the necessary accountancy exams and he is so happy he has made the right decision which is to excel through the day to day freedom he never had as a professional sportsman.
“I can honestly say with my hand on my heart I have never once doubted the decision I've made and I hope to inspire others that there is a life outside of professional sport”.
In the last 2 years, he has travelled the globe, is a trustee of a charity in Birmingham, he manages his own clients and owns 1983 VW Campervan which provides regular surf trips for Louis and his partner. What he has achieved by the age of 22 is not down to luck or skill but by having the relentless work ethic and the mindset to work as hard as necessary, pushing his mental and physical boundaries and never giving up regardless of what the situation may look like. Whilst learning to embrace every challenge and every mistake of this journey.
“I have a passion for life, for inspiring others to never give up on their dreams. Because the things you dream of are never inaccessible. I see my dreams come to fruition each day because of my ethos and I will invest as much of myself as I can into encouraging others to do so.”
The Journey - From Football to Finance/From Crunching Tackles To Crunching Numbers
The unexpected journey which took Louis from a young boy playing at Old Trafford for Man United who had the world at his feet. To a young man in the accounting world with the world still at his feet.
Sharing his experience of making a huge career change from professional football to finance, which at some point most of us will go through. Giving an insight into the challenges and the rewards we can face.
Dealing with Expectation
Being a teenager at the biggest football club in the world comes with its own pressure. The top performers in any industry face the same high standards which will be expected of them.
Deviating from the norm/Going against the grain
We live in a world where we are all far too aware of "the norm" - get a degree, get a house, a wife and kids. Louis uncovers the truth in really how he deviated from the constraints of the professional footballing industry, turning his back on wealth and fame and in doing so breaking the trend.
Mental health in Sport
In an open and transparent account of his own struggles with mental health as a sportsman Louis looks at the growing need for a change in culture of depression within sport.
Failure or Opportunity
We all go through setbacks and hardships. At some point things are not going to go the way we expected them but in the midst of this adversity, comes endless opportunities. Louis shares how we all can use the difficult times in our lives as fuel for inspiration to not only overcome the problem but to actually gain from it.
“Having Louis share his story of playing professional football at one of the biggest clubs in the world was extremely helpful in raising awareness to enable professional athletes receive off the pitch support. Louis was able to articulate himself in a way which was engaging to an audience of 200 hundred delegates and showcase the challenges he faced but more importantly how he overcame them to avoid certain pitfalls. He was an outstanding speaker and added fantastic value to our event; I would definitely be looking to have him back.”
Spencer Hidge, Co-Founder, The Premier Sports Network