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Rugby Players’ Association hosts first Alumni Evening

March 26th, 2015

The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) last night hosted their first Alumni evening, welcoming former players and business leaders to a unique networking evening, in association with the RPA’s official recruitment specialist Robert Walters.

The Rugby Players’ Association is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England. As part of its Player Development Programme (PDP), the RPA offers current and retired players careers advice to support their transition into life after rugby.

Former Wasps’ captain and Scotland international, Hugo Southwell, was forced to retire from professional rugby last year due to injury: “The transition from rugby to a new career is never an easy one.  Tonight’s event offers former players the chance to socialise, share experiences and meet new business contacts, which is vitally important during this period of transition.”

Guests heard from former HM Parachute Regiment Officer and Para GB ski racer, Martin Hewitt. Hewitt was forced to retire from the British Army after his right arm became paralysed through gunshot wounds. Soon after he turned his mind to sport and mountaineering, forming and captaining the first Combined Services Disabled Ski Team and representing Great Britain in the Paralympic World Championships, competing in downhill skiing.

Hewitt discussed his preparations for the Adaptive Grandslam – a mission which sees the first team of wounded veterans aim to summit the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, and walk unsupported to the North and South Pole.

“It was a pleasure to speak about my journey of career transition and offer my advice and support to the RPA Alumni. Coming from a military background I know too well the importance of sticking together after your career and building a network that helps facilitate opportunities and support.”

The event was held at recruitment specialist Robert Walters head office in London. Nikki Lovett, Corporate Events & Sponsorship Manager at Robert Walters said: “We’re delighted to host the very first RPA Alumni evening. As an RPA business partner, the evening was a fantastic opportunity for us to offer our specialist recruitment knowledge & support to former players, we feel privileged to have been involved.”

RPA Rugby Director, Richard Bryan, said: “Our Alumni members are a fundamental part of the RPA as we support our past and present players through our Player Development Programme which is run in conjunction with the PRL Clubs and RFU. Providing our Alumni with opportunities to socialise and reconnect with their peers is essential and so we are very appreciative of Robert Walters’ support in hosting tonight’s event.”

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