The Rugby Players Association (RPA) has today announced Vodafone as their Official Communications Partner.
Fresh off the back of their British & Irish Lions Tour announcement earlier this week, leading technology communications company Vodafone are cementing their presence within rugby even further as the Official Communications Partner of the RPA.
The three-year deal will also see Vodafone sponsor the RPA Gain Line Awards where they will match the bursary contribution that the RPA currently provides to winners as well as sponsoring the Gain Line Award at the annual RPA Awards Dinner. Previous winners of the Gain Line Award have used the bursary to fund their own ventures, whether that’s running their own pizza company or gaining qualifications in construction. Vodafone will also provide support players who wish to embark on their own entrepreneurial endeavours whilst also creating bespoke content for the Vodafone Business UK and RPA social channels.
Damian Hopley, RPA Group CEO, said: “We are thrilled to have Vodafone on board as our Official Communications Partner and to be a part of their extended reach into Rugby Union following their exciting Lions Tour announcement this week. At the RPA we pride ourselves on supporting what matters most; the players, and we are delighted that Vodafone share our passion for that by sponsoring our Gain Line Awards and helping us celebrate the achievements of our members.”
Anne Sheehan, Director, Vodafone Business UK said: “At Vodafone we seek to inspire and support wherever possible, that’s why we are proud to be the Official Communications Partner of the RPA and Gain Line Awards sponsor. The award is a fantastic initiative and does so much to help current and former players prepare themselves for life beyond rugby."
Gain Line is the RPA personal development programme where players are individually supported with their welfare, off-field personal development, education and career planning by a team of independent RPA Development Managers. Personal development initiatives not only benefit players by encouraging them to pursue a balanced lifestyle and prepare for life after rugby, they have also been proven to enhance on-field playing performance.
Penny Maltby-Payne - RPA Head of Communications
The Rugby Players Association is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England. We represent more than 800 male and female current rugby players, as well as more than 400 former players.
About The RPA
It is our mission to support, promote and protect the interests of our members, from the moment they sign their first professional contracts, throughout their playing careers, and beyond as they embark on the next phase of their lives.
Our members enjoy a wide range of benefits, including: independent representation; legal advice; personal and professional development; playing insurance; education; confidential counselling; transition support; and much more. Members can also access the support of our official charity, Restart, in the event of serious illness, injury or hardship.
The RPA has also acted as the exclusive commercial representative of the England Team since 2004 and performs the following duties on behalf of Team England: Negotiation of the Elite Players Squad Contract, England and Saxons match fees, England team win bonuses and Image Rights payments with the RFU.
For more information about the Rugby Players Association, please visit www.theRPA.co.uk