A FORMER professional footballer is helping young sports stars pass other tests as a driving instructor.
Anthony Johnson, 29, who runs driveJohnson from Faraday Drive, in Shenley Lodge, Milton Keynes, played for Norwich City, Rushden & Diamonds, Northampton, and Stevenage before dropping down to semi-professional ranks aged just 21.
Now the only time he puts his boots on is for a spot of Sunday football with Kings Arms FC (Milton Keynes) but helping young sportsman/woman out gives him a buzz. He also teaches them to drive.
Recently Anthony’s sponsored Northampton Town footballer Lewis Wilson and Daniel Oderinde who runs for Marshall Milton Keynes Athletics Club.
Lewis, who was scouted from Newport Pagnell Town, was sponsored to the tune of £150 plus supplements like protein shakes and recovery drinks every three months. Daniel was bought £250 spikes and an agreement to spend roughly the same amount every three months.
Mr Johnson said: “It’s a nice feeling when someone believes in you by sponsoring you at the early stages in your career. Obviously skill is an important attribute, but i’m also a firm believer in knowledge, tactics and confidence.
“I enjoy helping others, so I regularly pass on what i know to younger athletes wherever its about nutrition, sport specific exercises, putting them on to the right coach/team or just trying to raise their confidence.”
Mr Jonson has built up what the company believes is the biggest driving school in Milton Keynes. It has 45 instructors across the south of England, 25 of whom are in Milton Keynes.
DriveJohnson’s has sponsored up and coming athletes for the past several years including Leigh Dean of MK Dons female team. The company also backed George Williams who is now playing for Loughborough University first team after missing out on a pro contract at the Dons.
And this year, driveJohnson’s is also sponsoring Hazeley school football team for the 2012-2013 season.