Richard Lee, ex-Watford, Brentford, Blackburn and Fulham goalkeeper
Having launched a host of successful business ventures both during and after his 13-year career as a professional goalkeeper, Richard Lee’s ever-expanding portfolio shows no signs of abating. If anything, he’s just getting started.
As a master practitioner in NLP, Richard’s philosophy is fuelled by kaizen; continual, never-ending improvement. An engaging individual with a thirst for personal development and a story to tell, he is committed to helping others fulfill their potential through creatively-delivered individual coaching and mentoring. Cue the GKU Consultancy Program.
“A simple shift can yield extraordinary results”
Richard and his team have been involved in launching more than 120 goalkeeping centres over the past 15 years.
By utilising the expertise and experience of an expanding goalkeeping network, GKU Consultancy aims to spread awareness of your centre through the local area, ensuring those interested are incentivised to attend.
If open to advice, Richard will then work with you to help streamline your operation without ever hindering the quality of what your centre offers.
“For goalkeepers. By goalkeepers”
Alongside media companion Matt Beadle, Richard currently spearheads the Goalkeepers’ Union Podcast – the leading global goalkeeping podcast – and runs his own football agency, Refuel Performance Management, boasting a growing roster of clients.
He currently works directly with a host of Premier League and Championship goalkeepers in a mentoring capacity, and for the past two years has acted as a consultant to Bristol City in advising how best to structure their goalkeeping department; the recruitment of Daniel Bentley being an example of recent recommendations.
Off the back of a First Class Honours Degree in Media and Journalism from Staffordshire University, he’s written two books: a refreshingly honest portrayal of the psychological obstacles facing goalkeepers in the best-selling Graduation: Life Lessons of a Footballer and Are You Sure You Want to be a Professional Footballer?, an in-depth guide as to how aspiring footballers can and should prepare for life in what can be a highly rewarding yet often unforgiving sport.
Notable credits include Dragons’ Den where he gained a £150k investment in popular hat business, Dr Cap, matchday reporting and punditry on Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday, BBC’s Late Kick-Off and regular appearances on talkSPORT and Love Sport radio.
In between his numerous projects, Richard has earned international recognition for building a Network Marketing team of more than 700 members within a two-year period, popped up on popular Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me and even dabbled in stand-up at London’s Comedy Store… Although the less said about that last one, the better.
Rich is open to a chat at any time. Drop him a line on Twitter or Instagram.