SCOTT AGNEW launched his business while he was playing for St MIrren.
Now he’s helping his younger Buddies plan for a future outside full-time football.
The Airdrie player/assistant boss set up The Fitness Group back in 2015 as he began to plan for a career outside of the game – despite just landing a big move from Dumbarton to Saints.
Aggy’s business venture started life solely as a gym but has since grown to become the UK’s leading training provider of personal training, nutrition and sports massage courses.
Now he is helping young players at his old club take the first strides into following in his footsteps.
He said: “St MIrren have always encouraged their young players to think about and plan what they want to do after football or moving from full-time playing to part-time.
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“Being a footballer is often a shorter career than most, so having options and professional support for a second career is a wise move.
“I was a full-time player there when I set up The Fitness Group, so it’s good to be able to go back and help current players plan for their futures.
“Becoming a personal trainer is a great alternative career for a footballer and after speaking to the academy players, four of them signed up straight away for personal training courses.
“We’ve trained a lot of players in the past, including Lawrence Shankland while he was at Ayr.
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“It also benefits them on the pitch. In fact, when Ian McCall was Ayr manager he said that the fact four of his players were personal trainers played a big part in their 2018 title win, and they were all trained by us.
“One of the reasons St Mirren’s chose us is because we don’t just give the players their certificate and cut them loose into the world.
“We help them build their business, from marketing to finding a gym to base themselves on. It’s the perfect fit for players, young and old, looking to get plans in place to safeguard their future beyond the game. We’re delighted to be a part of that.”
Airdrie host Queen’s Park in the Championship play-off final on Sunday with the tie balanced at 1-1.
Agnew said: “At 1-1, everything is still all to play for and hopefully we can get the result we need on our own patch to send us up.”