Rugby Players’ Association’s (RPA) Group CEO, Damian Hopley, today welcomed the news that former Wasps’ captain and former RPA Vice-Chairman, Chris Bell, is returning to the club to take up the newly appointed role as Head of Off-Field Development.
Commenting on the appointment former England international Hopley said: “The Rugby Players’ Association has been the driving force behind the Personal Development Programme (PDP) in England for well over a decade as we provide much needed holistic support to our members. This can be in a broad range of areas such as further education, vocational training, work experience and mentoring support. We have seen a significant uplift in player engagement in recent years as our members come to terms with increasing retirement rates through injury and a decreasing career span in the professional game. It is therefore fantastic news that a highly respected former player like Chris is making an immediate return to Wasps where his influence and experience will make a significant impact on the current Squad. By working alongside the incumbent RPA Senior Personal Development Manager, Ben McGregor, who is an outstanding practitioner, then I have no doubt that Wasps will continue to flourish in recruiting and retaining outstanding talent in this important year for the Club. We wish Belly the very best for this new and exciting role and we look forward to working alongside him.”