Chopra Attending College Friday, 17th Feb 2012 08:00
In-form Ipswich striker Michael Chopra has revealed the part that a college course is playing in his recovery from a costly gambling addiction.
Chopra spends every Wednesday – his normal day off – at Suffolk New College in pursuit of a qualification as a car mechanic.
Town’s leading marksman is bang in form at the moment with four goals in his last three outings taking his season’s tally to 11 in 30 appearances.
He is making headlines for all the right reasons after owning up earlier this season to a gambling addiction that he estimates has cost him as much as £2 million over the years.
It has seen him miss a lot of games in the current campaign, firstly when he spent three weeks in the Sporting Chance Clinic and again when he was dropped from the side at the beginning of this year because of a slump in form.
Chopra, 28, said: “I enrolled at the college because I wanted something to occupy my mind and my time on my day off each week.
“Basically, I am messing about with car engines and learning how they work. I went for that course because I’m not the type to sit down at a desk and write essays. I wanted something more practical – the course is probably 90 per cent practical – and where I had a realistic chance of gaining a qualification.”
Exactly the right thing to do, otherwise he'd have a long, long time after retirement to deal with the addiction. Whether he's working in a mate's garage or restoring old classics, this seems like a great use of time. Good luck to him.
I have the utmost respect for chops, wonder if any of the lecturers are still there from when I was there. Would not recommend it as living when he finishes football though, top marks and keep scoring :)...coyb
Precisely Garv. A pro footballer attending a local college and working (getting his hands dirty) in mechanics amongst normal people of all ages, lovely to see that. Shows his determination to get focused on anything but gambling
Great to see that you are doing your best to address a major problem in your life, good that you are mixing with local people who have a different angle on life to that you are living. Well done, keep it up, and thumbs down to the posters who want to appear smart with suggesting the obvious courses you could have attended!