The commitment of the Rugby Players Association (RPA) to the wellbeing of rugby players also extends to the women’s game. One of the RPA’s Partners, leading specialist professional recruitment consultancy, Robert Walters, recently delivered a CV workshop to the England Women’s Rugby Squad at their training camp on 28th January. The workshop, which is part of a series being organised by the RPA, was designed to help the squad members create or develop their CVs to get help and advice and to generally keep career options outside rugby top of mind for the players.
Women’s rugby has enjoyed unprecedented levels of growth in the last few years and the game is now receiving record levels of media exposure. However the bigger the game gets, the greater the demands on the players and there are some major challenges facing the women’s game off the pitch in the coming years. With regard to players’ future careers, women’s rugby is facing the same issues that the men’s game faced 30 years ago. The women still have to hold down full time jobs and the current women’s squad includes students, teachers and lecturers, fitness instructors, sports coaches as well as an insurance underwriter, a policewoman and a vet.
England Full-Back, Danielle Waterman, who is about to embark on a Master’s Degree at the University of Gloucester commented, “It is a huge honour to represent your country but the training and playing demands on the players are increasing all the time. The RPA provides invaluable guidance to us, helping us to balance work and rugby and planning our careers and the CV workshop was a huge help to us. Future careers is going to be an increasingly important consideration for the younger girls and those with ambitions of playing for England in the future