Brisbane Roar Winger Brandon Borrello (Bachelor of Business) along with his team mates must beat Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds in their final Group Stage match of the 2015 AFC Champions League at Gold Coast Stadium tonight (7pm kick-off) to have a chance of advancing to the knockout round of 16 later this month.
Brandon is in his first year of study and also a member of the Griffith Sports College, which assists many professional athletes to also gain a degree to help prepare them for life after top level sport.
Brandon said it was really important to be working on plan B’s while you’re competing.
“By the time athletes retire, it’s often too late to start a new life. Not only does study help set up athletes for life after competition it also helps provide an outlet away from their chosen sport.”
“It’s difficult fitting all my hours of training around lectures and tutorials, however the Sports College at Griffith have enabled me to balance my study and training workloads.
“I’m constantly travelling to matches. They’ve helped organise things so I could get extensions. I’m really lucky.”
Griffith’s Sports College Manager Mr Duncan Free agreed athletes needed to remember sport was only an aspect of their life, to make their transition at the end of their sporting career smoother.
“The club encourages life outside of sport and to balance a sporting career with study, work and family,” he said.
Kick-off for tonight’s match is 7.00pm.