Bath players gain insight into property development with Dan Hipkiss and Stonewood Builders


A group of Bath Rugby players recently undertook an insightful property development session with former England, Bath and Leicester centre and now current Assistant Project Co-Ordinator at Stonewood Builders, Dan Hipkiss.

RPA members Kyle Eastmond, Guy Mercer and Rhys Priestland attended the session which was organised as part of the RPA’s Personal Development Programme (PDP), and aimed to educate the players in a potential post-rugby career in the property/project management sector.

Dan who represented England on 13 occasions, and experienced an illustrious Aviva Premiership career spanning 11 years, spoke to the players about his role at Stonewood Builders and his own experience of transitioning to a new career following his retirement in 2013.

The session also highlighted the role of a property developer within the industry, the process of appointing a builder to a specific project and how best to manage a development.

For Bath Rugby and England centre, Kyle Eastmond, the session proved to be extremely beneficial and highlighted property development as a future post-rugby career.

“I found it very interesting and learnt several new things about the industry which I didn’t know before.

“Dan and his colleagues delivered the information exceptionally well and I found each aspect of the session fascinating, particularly the detail that property developers go into and the programs they use to make sure everything is accurate.

“There’s no question that the industry is definitely of my interest, and I will be looking towards more opportunities like these to experience life as a property developer and potentially enter this line of work when I finish playing rugby.”

Following the session Dan spoke to the RPA and said:

“We were very impressed with how engaged the boys were and their ability to think around the numerous problems property development creates.

“Property development offers the players a chance to create a business that they could run alongside there rugby commitments. This would undoubtedly help ease the transition out of rugby into the work place.”

If you are interested in supporting the players through the RPA Personal Development Programme please contact Richard Bryan on 020 3053 6670 or

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