Canadian International and London Irish player Jebb Sinclair has become an Ambassador for The Rugby Business Network focussing on Canada. Jebb who played for Atlantic rock in Canada also won the Currie Cup with Western Province and played for The Stormers in South Africa.
Over the next year Jebb will help The Rugby Business network for a few hours per week supporting Canadian RBN event organisers to run events across Canada. He will also liaise with Canadian RBN sponsors who want to access senior business people with a passion for rugby.
This role was created as part of an initiative by The RPA to give professional players opportunities to gain experience in other areas that they find interesting and that will help them after rugby.
Jebb said; ‘This a great opportunity to develop my skills in areas like; Event management, marketing, communications, social media, stakeholder management, sport sponsorship and contract negotiation. I will also get to build a fantastic network of business contacts across Canada and internationally for when I finish playing rugby one day. I’m a long way from retiring and my own rugby is going really well but I’d like to develop myself in different ways whilst playing and this is a flexible and enjoyable way to do that.’
‘Richard Bryan from the RPA introduced me to Colm Hannon from The Rugby Business Network at an RPA networking evening hosted at the Aviva offices and I guess me securing this ambassador role is a real life example of rugby business networking in action.’
The Rugby Business Network is the world’s largest business network for business people with a passion for rugby. As of May 2013 there are over 12,000 members with events being held in 36 cities. The RBN is sponsored globally by HSBC who fund the RBN’s support of event organisers around the world who run the events free of charge.
If you would like to support The Rugby Business Network’s launch in Canada then please get in touch with Jebb@TheRugbyBusinessNetwork.com