As a former Professional Footballer tipped for the top, Drewe, 42, admits his career was dogged and undermined by soul searching and Fear. After a 17 year playing career and nearly 600 professional matches representing a host of clubs in the EFL, It culminated in the big centre-forward going into rehab for addictions and an emotional breakdown after retiring in 2011.
Drewe uses his vast experiences coupled with an exceptionally high natural emotional intelligence and sensitivity, to educate, guide and lead a host of professional players on how to cope with the daily pressures of the Industry but, most importantly to fulfil their potential. His Heard earned wisdom and ability to nurture players has helped Drewe build a portfolio of clients including PGA Tour golfers, as well as international and Premier League stars.
Articulate Drewe has also become a go-to person for media to interview as more players start to publicly admit to mental health problems. Appearing on Sky Sports to features on his work in The New York Times, Drewe believes it is the tip of an epidemic in the game, which chews up and spits out talent and is still woefully lacking in coach education leaving so many leaders in the dark.
He has strong opinions he will share after more than a decade guiding some of the nation’s best footballers.
He entered the corporate world in 2016 mentoring CEOs and senior management on how they can master that inner battle to win on the outside. He found that the leaders who were contacting him all had the same traits. That strong moral compass, sensitive yet fiercely driven, traits Drewe hugely relates to having to battle that himself for so many years.
Many of his lessons in his book’s ( ‘And Then What?’ ) chapters on self-belief, ego, winning and vulnerability are as applicable to life and to business as they are football.
Today Drewe combines his athlete mentoring work with coaching in corporations in the city of London, and motivational speaking, which has taken him around the world. He is also an ambassador for mental health charity The Kaleidoscope plus group.
THE LOST SELF - Ex Footballer Marvin Sordell
Marvin Sordell retired from professional football in 2109 aged just 28. Having played in the Premier League for bolton and Burnley, represented England at U.21 level and played in the 2012 Olympic Games as part of team Great Britain, Marvin was worn down emotionally by the industry of professional football. Depressed and fighting suicidal thoughts, he walked away. I thought that takes great strength. Since retiring Marvin has talked openly and with great intelligence and passion on emotionally what he endured. From Bt Sports ' State Of Play' to BBC with Prince William he's continued to drive the ongoing issues around the Pandemic of mental health inside Football. Having Suffered so much myself during my playing career and then what I have continued to see for the last 9 years as I guide and lead so many talented players through this midfield, I must say I really enjoyed our conversation. Lost Self, Ego, Emotional Needs, Authenticity, Intelligence being frowned upon, we discuss some brilliant stuff. I have no doubt Marvin will go onto to lead and inspire change. Today he combines his passions writing with his filmmaking company.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE- Ex Footballer Luke Chadwick
Aged 14 Luke was spotted by Manchester United. He joined the club and was there until his early 20s. During that time he suffered terribly at there hands of the media and fans for the way he looked. He had to keep performing and he had to ' look tough' . His professional career spanned 20 years but, he shares what that took emotionally and how he lacked the tools to flourish. Emotional intelligence is something Luke talks about a lot. We discuss authenticity and how the best never deviate from who they are at source.
BASIC NEEDS - Ex Footballer Michael Kightly
Representing Wolves, Stoke City and Burnley in the Premier League, Michael has played in every league in English football. After 17 seasons he has decided to retire from the game.
Brutally honest , Mike talks about his journey.
Self doubt, fears, mental health issues, Mike talks of the real need for greater emotional education for coaches.
At 13 he walked away from football and Tottenham as he had lost love in the rigid academy system
SELF DISCOVERY - Founder of Multiple Business's Daniel Keating
Dan had 36 jobs between the age of 17-19. He loved business and seeing opportunities. From selling combat trousers sourced from his background as a dancer to celebrities including David Beckham, Dan always had a creative streak. Like all my other guests from the worlds of sport and business, Dan has the gift of drive and vision with a sensitive personality and huge heart.
This conversation is another that I feel so many will get so much from.
WHO AM I - Former World No.1 Badminton player Gail Emms
Episode 4 - Gail Emms Former Olympic Athlete.
Former world no.1
multi world champion.
2 x Olympian
We discuss all areas of what it takes to get to the top. the rejections, the failures, the self doubt and most of all the slow loss of self. Gail is brutally honest as we delve into the emotional struggle she had. The day she said "I'm done " and so so much more.
INSTINCTS - Founder of City Consultancy Patrick Crompton
Business leader. Entrepreneur. Co founder of a city consultancy.
what does it take to lead and manage a company?
how do you control/accept the relentless pursuit of fulfilling what you know you can?
why mental health walks hand in hand with high performance.
and so much more
The power to be yourself is the greatest power of all. Thankyou to Drewe and the contributors so far through the book and the podcast for allowing me to see that.
I have Found peace, serenity and a sense of belonging within myself, alongside a passion, desire and inspiration to keep going and to keep believing, keep trusting the path, and to keep working hard. Thankyou.
We need more!
A brilliantly open and frank account of a pro footballers battles and journey through life.Dont be put off thinking it’s a football podcast.
I follow drewe on his social media platforms and find him very engaging as a leader,this pod just back it up even further.His book is on order.cant wait to see who else guests with him.👍🏻