With the 2016/17 season fast approaching, the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) travelled to the historic Rugby School to host its annual Academy Induction Day.
Over 80 of the most talented young rugby players from across the Aviva Premiership and Greene King IPA Championship, were in attendance for the annual event which aims to educate, offer guidance and inspire first year academy players.
Held within the exquisite and historic surrounds of Rugby School, the success of the day was once again put down to the continued support of the Tom Maynard Trust.
Set up in memory of former Glamorgan and Surrey cricketer, Tom Maynard, who was tragically killed in London in June 2012, the trust plays an essential role in supporting the Induction Day and providing an opportunity for Academy players to explore the different options available to them.
From mental health and resilience training, to agent information, social media, media insights and gambling awareness, the players spent the day rotating through each of the various seminars hosted by industry experts, in an effort to prepare them for a career as a full-time professional rugby player.
Appearing as a special guest for the third year in a row, former England and Wasps flanker, Tom Rees, delivered a powerful insight into life as a professional player and his journey from being at the top of the game to the tragic moments of being forced to retire through injury in 2012.
Tom spoke of the significance of the Induction Day and the importance of Academy players putting plans in place early for life after rugby.
“I think today plays a crucial role in educating the young lads on what they’re about to enter but also equally creating the buzz and excitement for the opportunities that lie ahead as a professional rugby player.
“From my experience I think the core message that we’re trying to get across is that it will be hard at times, there will be obstacles along the way, but if you can engage with the RPA and build something special, you will have the time of your life.”
For more information on the RPA Academy Induction Day please contact the RPA’s Rugby Director, Richard Bryan on 020 3053 6670 or rbryan@theRPA.co.uk