Former sportsmen launch podcast on male vulnerability

Podcast will see Luke Sutton and Fraser Franks having challenging conversations

Former professional sports players Luke Sutton and Fraser Franks have teamed up to host a new podcast which aims to provide a safe space for men to talk about vulnerable and difficult subjects. 

The podcast, which launched today, is titled Understanding Men and features Sutton and Franks challenging what traditional masculinity is supposed to look like. The hosts will explore conversations around a number of sensitive topics, including their experiences with relationships, fatherhood, depression, addiction, and more.

“I’m genuinely so proud that Fraser and I have created the Understanding Men podcast!” said Sutton. “There are still far too many conversations that men don’t have whether about body image, sex, money, status, fatherhood or just understanding what it is to be a man in the modern world.”

“This podcast is going to tackle all of that with Fraser and I having the conversations other people want to have but don’t. I can’t wait to see where it goes. It’ll be fun, raw and brutally honest.”

Both Sutton and Fraser are former professional sports players, with Sutton having played cricket for clubs in Somerset, Derbyshire, and Lancashire and won the NBC Denis Compton Award for three consecutive years from 2000 to 2002. Franks previously played football for AFC Wimbledon, Luton Town, Stevenage and Newport County. Following his retirement, Fraser is now a coach and ambassador for Alcohol Change UK. 

A number of former professional sports players have re-emerged in the public eye through launching podcasts, including former professional football players Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards who co-host Goalhanger’s The Rest is Football, and former professional rugby players James Haskell and Mike Tindall for The Good, The Bad & The Rugby.