There 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
Thinus 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
It may have been raining but it didn’t dampen the spirits of everyone at the Rugby Business Network meeting at the HSBC Commercial offices in Cheltenham on the 13th May.
Vicky and the team at HSBC welcomed us warmly and kindly provided nibbles and drinks for the 50 businesses in attendance.
As always there was a great atmosphere and in addition to the networking there were 3 great speakers for the evening.
First up, a man with the one of the longest job titles in the South West! Nigel Gillingham, a member of the RFU South West Area World Cup Legacy Board. Continue reading
Young players entering the game, players transitioning out of the game, Rugby For Heroes, the Rugby World Cup and all things Gloucester Rugby were on the menu for Thursday’s Cheltenham & Gloucester Rugby Business Network event.
The evening was once again held at the Mercedes-Benz showroom in Cheltenham and more than 80 businesses attended. Hendrix and the team at Mercedes-Benz looked after us well providing refreshments as well as a fantastic venue. In between networking and viewing some of the amazing cars on display there was a great line up of speakers who spoke on a variety of topics.