Retired Ajax Cape Town veteran Nathan Paulse shifts career focus to educating footballers
Posted: 23 June 2017 Time: 09:19
Nathan Paulse tells KickOff.com he is excited to start a new chapter with a focus on educating and empowering local players about the “other side” of being a professional footballer.
The 35-year veteran striker recently retired after a successful playing career spanning nearly two decades, including a stint in Europe with Hammarby IF.
Paulse, who spent 12 years on the books at Ajax Cape Town during two spells with the club, hung up his boots following the conclusion of the 2016/17 PSL season, where the striker ended the campaign as the clubs top goal scorer with 6 goals in all competitions.
And, the well-travelled Cape Town-born player is of the opinion there is a dire need to empower and educate professional soccer players holistically, especially in the Absa Premiership.
“Firstly, I need to thank Ajax [Cape Town] for the role they played in my life as that cannot be overlooked,” Paulse tells KickOff.com.
“And let me also get straight to the point: There’s that false sense out there that when one becomes a pro player, you drive fancy cars you have plenty of girls around and all the superficial stuff that comes with it.
“I’ve noticed, locally, that there’s no real thread for an aspiring child or player to gage as to how one becomes a professional player and to make a career out of it. There needs to be the other side as well.
“My idea is to close the gap between the professional and the amateur levels. I feel there’s a dire need to educate players on their path to success and what attributes are needed.
“For example, if you look at players in Europe, the first thing we hear is how disciplined and intense they are compared to local players in South Africa. That’s because they had a background where education played a role. This enables them to make the transition to becoming a pro player much more easier.
“With a solid base to work from, players are the better informed and equipped, therefore they’ll make better decisions in life. A lot of the time I see how local players cannot grasp what is expected of them. They struggle to execute a simple instruction or task. The discipline required in this regard is not there.”