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Life after Sport - Andrew Hazell

Name: Andrew Hazell


Sporting Credentials: Gloucester Rugby for 17 years - 7 caps for England

Date of Retiring from Professional Sport: February 2014


Current Job/Business: Managing Director & Smart Home Sounds


Current Business Website: www.smarthomesounds.co.uk



When did you know it was time to retire?

I suffered from a series of concussions and as I was 36, I felt it was the right time.

Were you able to prepare for life after sport, if so what did you do?

Yes, I prepared a few years before by setting up the company and doing lots of research into eCommerce. I studied SE, a lot which has paid off now.

Why did you choose to do what you do now?

I have a passion for music, and I was always giving advice to friends & family on what audio / TVs to buy so it seemed like a natural progression. I also wanted a completely different challenge from rugby.


What is the biggest challenge you face being in business?

I think it's just being in business itself. We are in a very competitive market, competing against big corporations with huge marketing spends. On the flip side this is also one of the most satisfying parts of the business when we can react quickly and offer customers a genuine reason to choose us.


What is the one thing you learnt from your professional sport career that you use today?

Managing people. The best coaches I had managed to get the most out of their players and knew that what motivates one person can be completely different to another. Also, the most talented person may not be the best choice for the team.


Which is harder – sport or work? And why?

100% work. When I was playing rugby, I always thought the coach had the toughest job as he has to have a good game plan as well as motivate the players and also be able to react when things go wrong. As a player your main worry is making sure you do everything in your power to make you the best player you can be. Running a business is very different.

How can people follow you?

Follow me on

Instagram: @smarthomesounds

Linkedin : Smart Home Sounds

Twitter : @smarthomesounds

YouTube :Smart Home Sounds