65 of the brightest stars from the Aviva Premiership and Greene King IPA Championship were in attendance for the RPA’s annual Academy Induction Day at Loughborough University in partnership with the Tom Maynard Trust.
The Tom Maynard Trust was created in memory of former Glamorgan and Surrey cricketer and rising England batsman Tom Maynard, who was tragically killed in London in June 2012. The Trust has already established a successful partnership with the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association), sponsoring their Rookie Camp, and has now extended this support to rugby stars of the future.
The aim of the RPA Academy Induction Day is to educate and offer guidance to first year academy players about their future careers. They are given information on both the opportunities available to them and the potential risks associated with professional sport, while also being reminded of the importance of developing as individuals and preparing for life after rugby.
A key message throughout the day was the importance of having the right attitude which was reinforced by England Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, who said: “Attitude is always the key, you need physical and technical ability, but your attitude and mind-set to be the best is always the most important factor. There are number of players in the current England senior squad, who I was coaching when they were your age, who had great attitudes and they are the ones who went on to become professional players.