With the New Year underway, a group of Yorkshire Carnegie Academy players recently spent the day at Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel & Country Club, to experience several areas of employment within the hotel industry.
Organised as part of The Rugby Players’ Association’s Player Development Programme (PDP), the players in attendance were treated to an insight session delivered by several members of the Marriot staff.
The 12 players were split into three groups and firstly heard from Hollins Hall HR Manager, Natalie Wild, who gave an insight talk explaining the different roles within the industry as well as the various opportunities out there for players.
Joined by their RPA Player Development Manager, Mandy Thompson, the groups then experienced a culinary masterclass delivered by the hotels head chef and supervised by Yorkshire Carnegie’s Nutritionist, Debbie Smith.
This was followed by a golf tuition session with the Hollins Hall Director of Golf, Stuart Carnie, who spent the afternoon taking the players through a detailed golfing lesson, before allowing the players to let loose on the hotel’s driving range.
One player who thoroughly enjoyed the day was Academy winger Dan Tai: “I found the whole experience extremely enjoyable and it was fantastic to experience what it’s like working in a hotel and in particular the catering kitchen. Having never been a good cook, I learnt several new tricks which I can now take back and hopefully improve what I eat at home. On top of this it was also great fun to learn more about golf and to hit the driving range with a really great bunch of fellow teammates.