The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) staged a highly impressive business networking evening last night at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery for the benefit of Northampton Saints players.
The event was one of a series developed by the RPA to improve players’ business connections and generally help to develop stronger links between the commercial world and rugby players. The RPA’s biggest single investment is in its Player Development Programme, which provides a number of services and benefits for the players designed to look after their wellbeing, broaden their experience and help them to prepare for life after they finish playing.
Experienced Internationals like Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and George North were among those present along with many players at the start of their careers. A number of the players had their playing profiles and business interests featured in the event programme, which helped the wide array of business luminaries present to get a better understanding of the commercial sectors that maybe of particular interest to them.
Northampton Saints’ lock and Vice Chairman of the RPA, Christian Day, was keen to highlight the benefits of the evening: “The business networking evenings set up by the RPA are so important as they provide outstanding opportunities for players to mingle with business professionals and build potentially vital relationships for the future. For many players retirement can seem a long way off, but planning for the future is crucial and I would urge all current players to take full advantage of opportunities like these