Date: Tuesday 6th August 2013
Issued on behalf of The RPA.
The RPA today announced a new partnership with the Tom Maynard Trust which will sponsor the RPA’s annual Academy Induction Day for first year registered academy players at Aviva Premiership Clubs.
The Tom Maynard Trust was created in memory of former Glamorgan and Surrey cricketer and rising England batsman Tom Maynard, who was tragically killed in London in June 2012.
The Trust has already established a successful partnership with the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association), sponsoring their Rookie Camp, and has now extended this support to rugby stars of the future.
The partnership which starts on 12th August at the RPA’s Academy Induction Day at Loughborough University, will run for three years and is a good example of rugby and cricket working together to prepare the young men coming into professional sport.
Tom’s father, former England cricketer Matthew Maynard, said: “Tom was a young professional sportsman who was living his dream and had always wanted to play cricket from a very early age, so we decided to set up a Trust to help players of a similar age to him – the 16-23 band, initially to give them an opportunity to play cricket, either by awarding bursaries to play overseas, or by funding training or education programmes.
“That initial area of work has broadened, though, and we were delighted with the initial Rookie Camp partnership with the PCA as it’s such a good fit for us. It is wonderful to now also be able to support the RPA and it was a natural next step for the Trust to back their Academy Induction Day. Primarily, the Induction day is about education and it is so important to educate our young sports people these days.
“As a 19, 20 or 21 year-old rugby player, or cricketer, or soccer player, all you want to do is play the game; you don’t think about anything else like pensions or lifestyle, you only think about playing and maybe about being able to drive a nice car. You don’t think about the potential dangers that are out there. At a young age you believe you are invincible and sadly we’ve learnt that is not the case.