ACT was created in 2010 through a combination of the career transition experiences of ACT’s Founders, retired Welsh International Rugby Union brothers, Andy and Steve Moore.
WHY WE FOUNDED
Founders and Directors of ACT, Andy Moore & Steve Moore, alongside Performance Psychologist Ben Paszkowec explain the reason for beginning Athlete Career Transition.
Now that professional athletes, from all sports, are retiring from their sporting lives with little knowledge or understanding of the skills they have built up over years of elite competition, ACT have developed a comprehensive transition program for athletes at all stages of their career and beyond. Enabling them to successfully transfer those skills into the most appropriate business environments for them.
Many elite professional athletes, enter this new phase of their life often with no qualifications, no experience and no guidance for the future. As a result, ACT completely focus on fully preparing elite athletes for their transition into life after sport delivering huge internal and external value to their business partners.
The earlier an athlete prepares for ‘Life after Sport’ the smoother the transition is likely to be, however ACT passionately believes that it’s never too late for an athlete to work on their transition, and have guided athletes in the very early stages of their sports career all the way through to those who have been retired from sport for a considerable length of time.
The Management Group consists of George, Andy and Steve Moore pooling together their experience and knowledge of International professional sport and Senior High level management.
George was formerly president of a multi-national packaging company with a turnover in excess of 800 million and responsibilities extending throughout Europe and Asia.
Under his guidance the business flourished in strategic markets with major European and Global brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola, Britvic, Glaxo Smithkline (Lucozade, Robinsons) Nestle, Danona, Carlsberg and Stella Artois to become market leaders. During this period of intense growth George was responsible for multi-million Euro acquisitions in the UK and in Southern Europe, establishing a leading position for the business in Europe.
Using his considerable experience at boardroom level and his understanding of corporate leadership qualities, George is responsible for co-ordinating the strategic future development of ACT.
After retiring from a 12 year professional sports career, as a rugby union International, Steve became a successful entrepreneur working predominantly in the e-commerce and sportswear space as the founder of online rugby retail company just4rugby. Steve also created sportswear brand, just4sport, working successfully in the Middle East and Eastern Europe in particular.
In 2011 however Steve decided on a change in direction and together with his brother Andy founded Athlete Career Transition (ACT) with the intention of building a ground breaking career transition program for retiring elite athletes.
Having personally experienced the ups and downs of his own transition Steve is passionate about creating the smoothest transition possible from sport into business for today’s elite athletes and is responsible for overseeing ACT’s athlete assessment and profiling process as well as the development of ACT’s Business relationships. He works closely with both Athletes and Business Partners ensuring that the career development programs that ACT create are structured, meaningful and valuable for both the athlete and the Business Partner.
If you are interested in bringing former elite athlete talent into your business or organisation please contact Steve.
Director & Co-Founder
Director & Co-Founder
Andy has experienced the transition from captain of the Wales rugby team to a thought leader in business. It was a charity challenge climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with 14 other former Welsh captains and Warren Gatland was the inspiration to establishing Athlete Career Transition (ACT), with the ultimate goal of helping other athletes successfully transition from sport to business.
Andy enjoyed 10 years as an International professional rugby player. He now leverages his extensive list of contacts and 25 years experience in sport and business to create real long term value to organisations by matching and integrating retired elite athletes into top businesses.
Andy is responsible for and leads the search, selection and profiling of appropriate athlete and works closely with the ACT research and advisory team. If you receive an email from Andy you should open it as it could be life changing!
If you are interested in bringing former elite athlete talent into your business or organisation please contact Andy.
Chief Transition Guide
Jaime sees transition from sport much like the process that a caterpillar experiences within a cocoon as it transforms into a butterfly. Transition can feel squishy, sticky, vulnerable and uncomfortable. What we do during this unique time will define what we become.
As Chief Transition Guide, Jaime creates a compassionate space for transitioning professional athletes to navigate the questions, fears, and opportunities that arise during this transformative time. Facilitating one on one and group settings, Jaime is a guide for intuition-building, implementing life tools, deepening self-learning, while envisioning and creating sustainable steps forward.
Jaime is an Olympic Silver Medalist and 2-time World Champion as a goalkeeper with the USA Women’s Water Polo Team. Inspired by her personal struggles during and after sport around her identity, emotional and physical burnout, Jaime’s dedicated over a decade of her entrepreneurial-led work to teaching well-being through a holistic lens. Jaime holds a Master’s Degree in Health and Wellness Coaching with an emphasis in Nutrition. She is also certified in yoga, pilates, permaculture, plant-based sports nutrition, and Health and Wellness Coaching. Whether she's speaking with 1,000 or 1, she wants you to know and feel how truly awesome you are.
International Recruitment Specialist
Richard has a 25-year corporate career spanning business development, account management, business operations, and specialising for the last 10 years in 360 recruitment. He has supported clients and candidates throughout the world including the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and North America; helping large organisations to identify and secure top talent in an end-to-end process.
Richard works to match, place, and support the transition of elite athletes into high-performance business environments. Working with our elite athletes, Richard ensures their transition into life after sport is a seamless journey from first connection to onboarding at their new employer. With his passion for supporting career development and vast experience in search and selection, Richard ensures our clients are always delighted by the calibre of athletes provided.
Richard has been involved in sport his whole life, having played semi-professional football in Wales for several years, as well as coaching young talent at Swansea City FC.
Kelsi is a recently retired athlete transitioned to business professional. Kelsi has made a name for herself in the rugby world- on and off the pitch. Starting her international rugby career with the USA 15’s team in 2015, she quickly became involved with the USA 7’s team as well. In 2016, she began training full time and continued her 5 year journey with USA Rugby.
In 2018, depression and anxiety started creeping in. In February of 2019, Kelsi decided to take a step away from USA 7’s to focus on her mental health. Later that year, she stepped away from USA 15’s as well. With a goal to regain self-peace, Kelsi worked tirelessly through her depression and announced her official retirement in 2020. Throughout her journey, Kelsi was open and honest with her audience in hopes of breaking the stigma behind mental health.
That’s how we found Kelsi- her ability to be vulnerable throughout her transition really stood out to us. We used our own ACT process to transition Kelsi from a retired athlete to our Chief Storyteller. Kelsi’s goal is to normalize the conversation behind retirement and celebrate transitioned athletes and their stories.
Athlete & Employer Brand Development Specialist
Ross has worked within corporate marketing at the highest level since 2012. Supporting some of Europe's biggest brands including Amazon, P&G, Argos and many more, Ross has developed employer brand strategies to attract some of the best global talent.
As a brand positioning specialist, Ross works with both our corporate partners and athletes to ensure partners are positioning themselves as market-leading employers and that athletes are enhancing their personal brand both digitally and offline.
Ross began his career within the recruitment sector and applies his knowledge to support athletes throughout the recruitment process. From job search and profile development, through to interview support and corporate etiquette, Ross, along with the rest of the team, ensure athletes are thoroughly prepared for the journey ahead.