Neil Wainwright, 33, is a professional footballer from Warrington. He began his career in 1996 as an apprentice at Wrexham. He then moved on and played for Sunderland, Darlington, Halifax Town, Shrewsbury Town, Mansfield Town, Morecambe and Barrow FC. He is now playing for Kendal Town and he is building a career in the media for when he retires from the sport.
What do you love most about being doing what you do?
Football is something I have always enjoyed doing and watching. You also can't beat the thrill of a match day crowd, no matter how big or small. I like to entertain people.
Why do you think you are successful at what you do?
I have worked really hard for 18 years at what I do and make regular sacrifices to achieve what I have done thus far in my career. Football is a key part of my life so I have to treat it with the most importance and dedication.
How do you keep motivated?
I believe in myself and always want to achieve more and more each day. I never settle for things, I always strive to get more out of myself and therefore motivation comes easily.
What would you say to a young person who is feeling uninspired about life and work?
I would say find something you are passionate about and work as hard as you can to make it in that field.
What do you think about The Big Academy and the work we’re trying to do, in helping young people to get inspire and achieve success?
It's a fantastic initiative and could provide a platform for any person, regardless of background and ability the chance to get into a job that they might find rewarding which is the most important thing when choosing a career.