"There were probably 20 games out of the 51 that I played last season when I was dealing with anxiety in my own way and just trying to battle through"
Sometimes you have to decide. Nathan was a professional footballer with some notable highlights to his career already, but something didn’t feel right. He made the decision to put his health and well-being above his job - and has never looked back.
It is this determination to succeed to help communities think about health, well-being, dealing with stress, emotional management and resilience in a way that is practical, real and valuable for all concerned.
From a working-class background, Nathan got his first big break though the kindness of strangers, as is so often the case. A football fanatic from a young age, it was the street that was his training ground. A local children’s football coach who had seen how often – and how well he played – as he drove past each evening stopped his car one day and invited Nathan to play organised sport.
Nathan’s subsequent career saw him help take Grimsby Town back up to the Football League with a stoppage-time goal as well as scoring the goal for non-league Lincoln City that knocked Ipswich FC out of the FA Cup, setting up a famous cup run that only ended when they met Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
But something was not quite right. Following the death of his mother at a too-young age, Nathan started battling with his mental health and anxiety. He felt he needed to change course. Drawing on his coaching skills and his commitment to sport and fitness as well as his lived experience, he has now built up a national reputation for helping people from all walks of life be their best - but with their emotional health at the forefront.
This second career sees him supporting people from all walks of life as they learn to develop the tools they need to deal with adversity, overcome obstacles, break down fears and build their self-confidence.
In addition to his work with schools, Nathan has been leading transformational work with prisoners, as well as supporting professionals in a variety of settings.