The high pressured environment of London’s financial district isn’t where you would usually expect to find a group of rugby players on their day off, but when members of the London Welsh squad were offered the opportunity to visit the London Academy of Trading (LAT) they were more than happy to give up their free time to do so.
The day was part of the RPA’s (Rugby Players’ Association) Player Development Programme which aims to individually assist players in their personal and professional development, helping them to identify a second career and providing them with skills for a smooth transition into life after rugby.
The London Academy of Trading was formed to give potential traders the knowledge they need to become successful in global financial markets. LAT has become an internationally recognised provider of financial education, attracting the highest calibre of students from the UK and abroad onto its programmes.
The day was put together by RPA Player Development Manager, Caroline Guthrie, and former professional rugby player now LAT Ambassador, Lawrence Marsh. The aim was to give the players an insight into the world of trading and give them a basic knowledge of how the industry works.
As an Ambassador for LAT Lawrence’s main role is to promote the professional sportspersons programme which aims to help professional athletes make the transition into the financial sector: “I was forced to retire from rugby through injury and I felt that joining LAT would be the best possible stepping stone to a new career. This new programme can help individuals retrain and in some circumstances offer them financial support to help them qualify.
“It’s great to have the guys from London Welsh with us as they are exactly the type of individuals the course is designed for and we hope to keep building on the relationship with the RPA.