Today is part two of our look at what being the club Chaplain at LCFC involves, Bruce Nadin continues to explain:
Without naming individuals (or being too specific) can you give us a couple of examples of how you have helped players since taking up the role?
Obviously player names etc must remain confidential and likewise I wouldn’t disclose anything that is specific to a particular player, but generic examples would be:
· Player(s) who suffered career threatening injuries and wanted to discuss how they are feeling about the future
· Player(s), but obviously by nature especially Academy Players, who are home sick and/or face an uncertain future
· Player(s) who want to know, for example, where the nearest Catholic Church is
· Players who are struggling with the reaction of the crowd
Has a player ever stated to you that their confidence was being affected by the crowd getting on the players back & if so what do you advise?
Firstly let me say that we all tend to forget that players are human beings and have feelings. They are flesh and blood like the rest of us. Whilst I can understand the crowd’s reaction as paying supporters, is ‘heckling’ really going to help a player perform to the best of their ability? I’d be a hypocrite though to say that I haven’t done it. I’m a very passionate, enthusiastic and vocal supporter. I’ve got a ‘big gob’! As a result I have sometimes responded negatively (and I believe unhelpfully) towards a player……