The Rugby Players Association (RPA) is delighted to announce Cameron Jordan of Gloucester Rugby as the worthy recipient of this season’s first RPA Vodafone Business Gain Line Award.
The RPA Vodafone Business Gain Line Award was created to support current and former players of the game in their off the field business ventures.
Jordan, who hugely values his off field personal development, has been taking on a number of opportunities that will aid him for when he has finished his rugby career.
He is currently undertaking an MA Leadership in Sport course with the Institute of Humanities and has signed up to a Carpentry Course with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College following a successful taster evening.
On top of these courses, Jordan also coaches at Cheltenham Tigers Rugby Club on a weekly basis to help him grow his network even further as well as to improve his communication skills. Coaching represents a key area for Cameron as he has also recently completed his ERCA Level 2 Coaching Award and plans to get his Level 3 next year.
On winning the award, Jordan said: “It’s a great award to receive. My Development Manager Craig spoke to me a while ago and said he was going to put me up for it regarding the off-field efforts I’ve been doing. You never do these things for any kind of recognition, obviously, but it’s nice that Vodafone and the RPA are so supportive with this award that they offer so thank you!”
Jordan’s RPA Development Manager, Craig Townsend, said: “I’m very happy Cameron has won the award. He is one of the most proactive players with career development I have met. He engages in a wide variety of activities away from rugby and realises the need to connect with different networks to grow his knowledge, skills and qualifications.
He has a clear plan that he would like to work in sport or rugby management post career and is not only applying himself to gain the necessary qualifications but also talking to experienced current and former players who have made a career in this area.”
Andrew Stevens, Commercial Director, Business at Vodafone, said: “We are so pleased to hear that Cameron is the recipient of this season’s first RPA Vodafone Business Gain Line Award. Career development is often overlooked in sport, so it’s fantastic to see players, like Cameron, broadening their horizons and taking the initiative to expand their skill sets outside of rugby. We’re really excited to see Cameron’s progression both on and off the pitch.”
For more information about the Gain Line programme, please visit the RPA website: https://www.therpa.co.uk.
Read Our Interview with Cameron here
Penny Maltby-Payne - RPA Head of Communications pmaltbypayne@theRPA.co.uk
About The RPA
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.
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 Men’s and Women’s Team and performs the following duties on behalf of Team England: Negotiation of the Elite Players Squad Contract, England match fees, England team win bonuses and Image Rights payments with the RFU.
About Vodafone UK
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We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were also the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. As of June 2021, we have 5G in 364 locations across Europe – 124 in the UK and 240 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.
Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.
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