A break could be positive for you, as it could give you a chance to spend more time with family, recalibrate your goals and learn new skill.
We’ve come up with a list of things you could do to help reduce the financial, physical and mental impact that can come with breaks in play.
Now could be the perfect time to explore a business idea, and the Athlete365 Business Accelerator could help kick-start your entrepreneurial dream.
Talk to your coaches
With the Games postponed and most other events cancelled or suspended, all your plans for this season have likely been turned on their head. With no competitions to enter for the foreseeable future and training likely affected by lockdowns and other control measures, it is important to devise a new plan with your coaches as soon as possible. If you map out your training schedule for the year ahead now, it could give you a head start on your opponents.
You could also take advantage of the latest tech by jumping into a Zoom or Skype call with your entourage and brainstorming some new workouts or competition scenarios that you can do in the more confined spaces you’re now operating within.
Contact your national governing body
It’s important that you keep your lines of communication open. Your national governing body will be able to give you the most up-to-date information about the current situation, and let you know when training facilities and competitions are likely to resume. Make sure you keep communicating with them so that you can stay in the loop. You could also check in with your NOC to make sure they don’t forget about you, and to find out about any changes to any regular funding streams brought about by COVID-19.
Engage your sponsors
Try not to worry if your personal sponsorship deals are linked to your performance in the Games or are due to end in 2020. This is uncharted territory for everyone, so you may be able to arrange for extensions to current agreements or for new deals to be put in place. Once this pandemic is over, the world will be more eager than ever to watch live sport, so the interest in athletes and your performances will be huge. That can work to your advantage and encourage sponsors to maintain their relationship with you. This could also be an opportunity to engage with your sponsors in different ways, perhaps by providing home workout videos for them to share with their employees, or by raising awareness about issues related to COVID-19 with their consumers.
Use your time productively
This extended break to training and competition should mean that you have more time on your hands for other pursuits. As well as catching up on reading, podcasts or TV shows, you could also turn your attention to some personal development to optimise your life off the field of play. Athlete365 has many resources that you can draw on, including an online learning platform and our personal branding toolkit, which could help you up your social media game and become more attractive to sponsors. If you have a business idea that you’d like to explore, the Athlete365 Business Accelerator could also kick-start your entrepreneurial streak, while Athlete365 Career+ could help you start planning for life after sport.