The RPA (Rugby Players’ Association) recently held its first RPA Business Club Networking Evening of the new season in Bath, hosted by Novia, Bath Rugby’s main sponsors. A host of the club’s stars were in attendance as well as an array of businesses from around the country.
The RPA Business Club Networking Evenings are held across the country for players from each Aviva Premiership Club as part of The RPA Player Development Programme (PDP). This programme aims to individually assist players in their personal and professional development and provides them with skills for a smooth transition into life after rugby.
Among the players in attendance were: Stuart Hooper, Nick Abendanon, Sam Vesty, Lee Mears, Dave Attwood, Simon Taylor, Dan Hipkiss, David Wilson, Ross Batty, Kane Palma-Newport, Mark McMillan, Jack Cuthbert, Guy Mercer, Tom Heathcote, James Tyas, Richard Lane and Charlie Beech.
This was the first time Bath has hosted an RPA networking event and Richard Denning, Chief Operating Officer at Novia, certainly saw the benefit of offering this opportunity to the players: “It’s a chance for the players to meet local businessmen and women as well as people from the community that can help them with the transition from playing to a future career in business and commerce.
“The guys are great role models. As a business you can spend a huge amount of time on recruitment but you’ve no idea what you’re going to get. Rugby players are brought up with a great mentality and have already worked in a high pressured environment. When their careers come to an end they are still hungry and still want to win. As an employer if someone said that to me about everyone I took on I’d be a happy man.