A group of Bath Rugby players recently spent the day at City of Bath College learning the basics of plumbing and stonemasonry.
With the support of their RPA Player Development Manager, Budge Pountney, the seven players were rotated through the various aspects of the trades by the college’s specialist teachers.
They learnt about water pipes, joint work, valves, soldering and were even given the opportunity to carve house names and numbers into stone.
The session was organised as part of the RPA’s Player Development Programme (PDP), which assists members with professional development during and after their rugby careers.
Bath prop Tom Dunn, who worked as a labourer for nine months when he was 18, said: “The lads thought I knew what I was doing, but I still have a lot to learn and today helped with that. I’m not too bad on the theory, but my practical skills improved throughout the session. I’m looking to buy a house so I want to have the skills to do the little jobs myself rather than having to spend money on calling someone out.