in teenagers is a growing problem in the UK and globally, because it’s not seen we tend to choose not to talk about it, and this also affects our young athletes.
When their friends are all going out as normal teenagers drinking and partying young athletes have to think twice about the consequences of a night out, they are also unable to hold down a job whether it be part time or full to fund their own life, due to training commitments.
Education also becomes an issue so they often have to take up home schooling and due to the reduction in a normal social life it can be very lonely
at times for them.
When as Ellie, a young athlete starts to achieve world rankings, this just adds to the pressures of life to maintain or better those rankings, so this is another area they need coaching
A season for an athlete such as Ellie would run to in excess of €32,000
. Ellie was constantly worried about how much of a financial burden her sport was for her father Tony Soutter, and as a teenager this should not have been the case. Unfortunately, big companies shy away from young athletes
as they are not brand-able until they become adults.