England striker Jamie Vardy has had a dream run during the past couple of seasons and from playing in Division One of the Northern Premier League to winning the Premier League and now finally representing England in the World Cup.
And now reports have revealed that the striker is going that extra mile to keep himself motivated.
A Scotland based company called Insights has teamed up with the international to help motivate footballers on and off the pitch.
Insights is delivering self-awareness workshops at Vardy’s V9 Academy that aims to discover non-league talent and promote them to the professional game while ensuring they understand what it takes to play at the top level.
As per the report, so far as many as 50 players and coaches have benefitted from the program which includes Jamie Vardy himself.
Jamie Vardy said: “It was really surprising how accurate it was. It makes you find out the little things that wind people up but get people going as well so that’s obviously going to benefit you and the team.”
Insights spokesman Martin Kiddie said: “Only around five per cent of players are likely to be successful in obtaining a full-time professional contract.
“But everyone who goes through the V9 Academy will benefit from the increased self-awareness and awareness of other personality preferences. We’re helping enable these young people to be the best version of themselves, whether they become professional footballers or not.
“It’s widely acknowledged that the work we do has a serious impact on the corporate world. However, many people wouldn’t expect Insights Discovery to translate into the sporting world – but it absolutely does,” he added.
“Increased self-awareness helps an athlete understand how they take on new information and prepares them for the high-pressure situation they’re entering and can make the difference between a ‘good’ performance and a ‘great’ one.”
Jamie Vardy was scheduled to take the final penalty for England during the shoot-out against Colombia but he was replaced by Eric Dier.
Now fears are that the striker is suffering from a groin injury and is a serious doubt for the quarterfinal game versus Sweden.