Marvin Sordell is more than a footballer.
He's a writer, he's a filmmaker, he's a cook (sometimes), and he's an advocate for helping players deal with any mental health struggles they face – before they face them.
For a while though, he was...a footballer. And only a footballer. Sordell,
"A lot of players either gamble or play video games, neither of those are very productive."
"A lot of players either gamble or play video games, neither of those are very productive. If you have the resources (which most players do) and the time (which every football player has), then the emphasis should be on making that as productive as possible. You can't physically train all day. You have to rest. But that doesn't mean you can't place some strain on your mind for an hour or two a day.
"I had a very good reaction, I don't think football is as evil as people think."— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2019
"My life has improved, I'm happy, and I have a career in football again."@ThomasHitz spoke to @CalvinBook about coming out in 2014...
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"The support is there for once a player has gone through problems," he explains. "I think the issue now that I have is that there isn't anything in place to prevent players from going down that path.
"We should be seeing this at an early stage, stopping players having to make that phone call to Sporting Chance, the PFA or potentially trying to commit suicide.
"Retirement is such a dirty word in football, players avoid it like the plague."
"I think every single club in the Football League – maybe lower – should have a counsellor or mental health professional on staff who's independent – not employed by the clubs, so the players feel that they can speak to them without the risk of it being used against them. I've heard from players I've spoken to that they've confided in their clubs and it's been used against them later down the line."
Denis Prose— 180 Productions (@180productions_) May 26, 2019
Written by: @MarvinSordell
Directed by: @MarvinSordell, @1MaxwellHT & Will Miller
Music by: Gil Miller of @AMB_Ldn
Cinematography & Editing by: @1MaxwellHT
‘Best Adaptation’- @Discover_Film Awards#180Productions #180Stories #CoveringAllAngles pic.twitter.com/yEkJEedAGS
State of Play, the next film in the award-winning BT Sport Films series, will premiere at 10.30pm on Wednesday May 29th on BT Sport 2
Source : 90min