An unexpected reward for my volunteer work in rugby

In January this year I received an unexpected email with an invitation attached. On the 2nd of February, just 2 days before England opened their 6 Nations campaign, I was privileged to be at the Mitsubishi Motors England Training Centre at Pennyhill Park in Surrey to watch the England team put through their paces in a training session. The invite was a reward for the volunteer work I do at my local rugby club (Dursley RFC) and came courtesy of the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme. Continue reading

Nick Koster talks to the Bristol RBN about the upcoming season

Nick_Koster1At the recent RBN held at the St Pierre Marriot Hotel and Country Club Bristol Rugby’s Nick Koster talked about rugby, charity and life after rugby.

The first thing everyone in the room wanted to know was How did everyone feel when they won the second leg of the championship play off, bringing them back to premiership rugby?

After an opening statement of ‘It was an incredible feeling” Nick went on to explain the feelings of the whole team long the way. “The championship is a tough competition and I think some people don’t realise how tough it is”. He went on to talk about a whole host of things that impact games in the championship that many people don’t give a second thought to. Things like, ground conditions, game tactics and sometimes, just how simply the fact that they are Bristol with a bigger budget makes a difference to the way that they are viewed by some opposition. Continue reading

Referee Malcom Miller on the parallels in business and rugby

At omalcom miller rugby and businessur recent event at the St Pierre Marriot Hotel and Country Club, Malcolm Miller gave us a good insight into the life of a society referee as well as some thought provoking insight into how his rugby crosses over into his daily business life.

In his ‘day job’ Malcolm is managing director of RTS Group, a learning and development training agency based in Wiltshire. An expanding business, it directly employs a team of 55, and also works with another couple of hundred freelance associates around the world. The business keeps Malcolm busy and it is currently expanding into China, so where exactly does he see the parallels in his life on and off the field?

To explain this Malcolm pulled a small booklet from his pocket – the law book. 26 Laws and the code of the game, which is the playing charter. “When I look at that and I look at my business” he said “And ask is there a parallel? Absolutely! Integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect. If you can deliver that in a business and deliver it to your customers and your team, then you’re off to a flying start” Continue reading

England’s Ben Morgan comes home to Dursley RFC for RBN

BenMorgan at Dursley RFCThis month’s Rugby Business Network came to grass roots rugby club Dursley RFC and we were honoured to have one the world’s best No 8s there to chat with us – Ben Morgan.

Despite being an international hero, Ben takes time out to support Dursley RFC as much as he can as it’s where his rugby career started at the age of 6 and also where he played right up until he made the jump to the next level of senior rugby and moved to Scarlets.

So, to open up we asked the questions that were on everyone’s mind. How are things going with the leg? Is your recovery going to plan and will we see you on the pitch for the World Cup? Ben was quick to alleviate our worries and let us know that everything was going well, and that yes, he hoped to be back on the pitch in the Autumn. Good news for all of us and we’re all keeping our fingers crossed that everything stays on track. Continue reading

The Rugby Business Network Gloucester talks World Cup

Kingsholm stadiumThere was a warm welcome for the Rugby Business Network yesterday at Kingsholm, the home of Gloucester Rugby. Businesses came together to network and talk about rugby and business in a no fuss, no pressure environment, as well as hearing from our 2 great speakers. There were many topics on the menu, but at the top of the list was both world cups.

First up was Amber Reed, England International, Bristol Ladies player and member of this year’s world cup winning squad. Trying to grow the women’s game has been on the agenda for some time, but off the back of the World Cup there is a concerted effort to try and improve not only the numbers of females involved in the game, but also the media coverage.

The men’s game is professional so a world cup experience in the men’s game is completely different to the ladies. I asked Amber about her personal experience of the world cup and also those of her team mates. Continue reading

From Rugby to Recruitment Thinus Delport talks about Life After Rugby

Image of Thinus DelportThinus Delport joined us at the Rugby Business Network event on May 13th In Cheltenham. He talked candidly about the issues and decision players and their clubs face when thinking about and preparing for life after rugby as well as his own experiences of transitioning from the game into the world of business.

He was very entertaining and covered some serious issues facing top class rugby players today, as well as the issues facing those just coming in to the game at the top level.

Talking about his retirement from professional rugby and how he dealt with the transition Thinus had this to say.

I realised that I’ve got a limited amount of time where I can run around in a tracksuit and trainers. We get old and it takes longer to recover from playing and also from injury. Look, I played in a vets game at Old Pats and I’m still hurting and that’s after 4 weeks! Continue reading