The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) is to further develop its relationship with England Women’s Rugby by taking responsibility for the welfare and personal development of the Women’s Elite Playing Squad.
As part of this growing role the RPA has appointed former IMG and Octagon executive, Kim Johnson, as Player Services Manager and the first England Women’s Player Development Manager. Johnson, who is a former international tennis player, has extensive experience of working with elite athletes.
The role of a Player Development Manager (PDM) comprises of many different aspects including offering RPA members advice on issues such as education and training, future careers, injuries and illness, insurance and legal advice. Johnson will take up a similar role with England Women, where she will take responsibility for the 50 members of the Elite Playing Squad.
England‘s Katy Mclean, who captained the team during the 2013 Autumn International Series, said: “The involvement of the RPA is great news and a major step forward for the women’s game in this country. Being part of the RPA and having our own Player Development Manager will give us a vital additional resource for off-pitch matters which will enable the players to concentrate more on developing their training and playing skills.