Former Nottingham Forest striker and PFA representative Jason Lee visited The City Ground on Monday to speak to the club’s scholars about life outside of football.
The young players received a presentation about pursuing different opportunities alongside their playing careers to prepare themselves for life outside the game.
Lee, who is a PFA Equalities Education Executive, showed the youngsters some examples of players who have taken those steps to develop alternative pathways and highlighted the many different options available to them.
He said: "Years ago there was very little support for a player so in terms of further education, a lot of scholars won't go on to have long careers so I ask them what are they going to do after their career and what they can do whilst playing to prepare them for what comes next.
"I spoke to them about the funding, the courses that we put on and we offer them some avenues that they can take alongside their career to prepare for the transition of not playing the game."
Chris Cohen is the club's PFA delegate and he also spoke to the scholars about his own experiences of seeking different career opportunities and the importance of getting started at an early age.
He said: "You want them to chase the dream of being a professional footballer but there is time and opportunity to do things alongside it. I wish I had done more at that age and the lads that did do it are benefiting from it now."