Aviva’s Head Office in central London provided the backdrop for the final RPA Business Club Networking Evening of the season. Surrounded by panoramic views of the city players from London Wasps, Harlequins, London Irish and London Welsh met with representatives from over 60 companies to discuss potential career options for life after rugby.
The evenings are part of the RPA Player Development Programme (PDP), which aims to individually assist players in their personal and professional development, helping them to identify a second career and providing them with skills for a smooth transition into life after rugby.
The capital’s clubs turned out in force to show their support for the event. Those in attendance included Chris Bell, Hugo Southwell, Chris Mayor, Greg Bateman, Ryan Davis, Alex Davies, Tyson Keats, Mike Denbee, Michael Hills, Tom Bristow, Dan Browne, Paul Mackey, Simon Whatling, Declan Danaher, Joe Ansbro, Tomas O’Leary, Jebb Sinclair, Scott Lawson and Will Skinner.
London Wasps centre and RPA Player Representative, Chris Bell, is currently studying for a degree in Business and Economics and saw the evening as a chance to build up contacts and hopefully gain some work experience: “Events like this are a great opportunity to meet new people and explore opportunities outside of rugby. I’ve already done some work with Aviva through the Insight Programme and I’m hoping to secure some work experience with them to find out more about the industry.