As a player who won the World Cup with England in 2003 and numerous accolades whilst playing for Leicester Tigers between 1990 and 2005, Neil Back knows what it takes to be a winner – which is why he is backing the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust Stop Smoking Service’s ‘Balls to Stop’ campaign.
In an exclusive interview, Neil reveals what made him want to become a ‘Balls to Stop’ ambassador – and his experiences of being offered the chance to smoke during his days as a player.
“As a former professional sportsman and, currently, a coach in an elite environment – smoking is a real no-no,” explained the former Tigers openside flanker.
“If you want to be the best you can possibly be, you need to look after your lifestyle and nutrition and smoking is detrimental to performance.
“The Stop Smoking team is providing a brilliant service,” he continued.
“Through the website, there is clear direction of who you need to speak to and what they’ll do to help you stop smoking. The first port of call is to go on the website and then have the ‘balls’ to follow it through.”
See below for the full interview with Balls to Stop Ambassador, Neil Back.