Members of Exeter Chiefs’ squad recently completed the final session of a series working with former Royal Marines Mountain Leader Officer and founder of Wilderness Solutions, Paul Mattin.
Held in conjunction with the RPA’s Player Development Programme (PDP) and organised by RPA Player Development Manager for Exeter Chiefs, Josh Frape, the players undertook four sessions over three months, focusing on leadership, effective communication and performing under pressure.
Each session challenged the players to think outside of the box, as they embarked on a number of different tasks, testing their ability to make effective and well communicated decisions and develop as strong individual leaders.
Split into forwards and backs the players spent their time listening to the various experiences of Paul who drew on his own career to inspire the players to challenge themselves and improve their performances both on and off the pitch. Paul included a practical ‘hands-on’ aspect to every session – where key leader and team characteristics were emphasised and practised.
Dean Mumm, captain of Exeter Chiefs, said: “Paul has been a fantastic help to the team. In rugby there is so often talk about it being a breeding ground for leadership and team work but the fact is leadership and effective communication is never actually taught to us. It’s an expectation without the necessary education.