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Player Blog - Ian Henderson

19 August 2013

Ian Henderson gives us an insight into what he gets up to away from the pitch during his down time...

I asked myself the question when posed with writing this article, what is it that I do in my down time? Evidentially I looked at what makes me happy. This comes in different forms for me personally, I'll start off by saying you can never get away from football as it is in the back of your mind, you are always thinking about the next match or training session, it is a 24/7 job.

To switch off from any profession though there is an importance for down time. It provides a chance for us to relax and recuperate from high intensity training sessions, tactical, analytical meetings to get us ready for the next opposition and the physically and physiologically demanding games at the weekend. Rest is welcomed but there is many ways i like to spend my free time…

I still remain very active off the field going to the gym and hitting the golf course mid week or at weekends with team mates and friends. It allows me to unwind, relax and socialise all at the same time. We don't just play at the same club, we are always looking for new courses and would welcome your suggestions as i am still learning the area in and around Manchester/Rochdale.

Alongside the physical side of sport, healthy nutrition is a big part of my life, which has provided me with a chance to start up my own business. The opportunity has allowed myself to incorporate my experience, knowledge and passions into a way of living which is supported others to accomplish and achieve their goals. Allowing me the chance to create a career for the time after my 'dream job,' football has ended. 

As most people would enjoy, we enjoy the same simple pleasure in life, like going to the coffee shop, people watching, going to the cinema and eating at great restaurants. This allows me to spend quality time 'laughing' and 'chatting' to the people i most love and care about. 

Finally my partner has a horse and we have a Springer Spaniel dog called Winston. If our time is not spent at the stables, at horse shows, taking our energetic dog for walks I also enjoy shooting! From childhood i have been involved in the farming culture and in the winter months some of my spare time is taken up with a shooting syndicate. All of which have enable us to build relationships with new friends since moving to the area. Making it feel that much more like home.  

Keep believing and supporting on this promotion push season!! 
Up the Dale,
Hendo :-)

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