The Rugby Business Network Podcast

This global network was set up in 2010 with a vision of building a community that connects rugby, business and charity. Today our network has more than 38,000 members attending our events in more than 60 cities around the world, helping and inspiring each other.

Over the last seven years we have built what has now become the world’s biggest and most influential network for senior business people with a passion for rugby. It is now time that we extend this opportunity beyond our organisers and members so that the whole world can benefit from these motivational stories, experiences and advice.

We bring you The Rugby Business Network Podcast.


Olympian sprints ahead in business career

Whether you are a retired professional Rugby player or a former world class sprinter on the Athletics track, Derek Redmond insists that “the mindset of a successful sportsperson is not that different to the mindset of successful businessperson”.

Derek admits that if it was not for his historic and inspiring moment during the 400m semi-finals at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, he is unsure what career path he would have followed after putting away his running shoes. As a successful motivational speaker 25 years later, Derek says it was by chance that he was approached by psychometric assessment provider Thomas International to become their Group Performance Director.

Understanding another person’s behavior while at the same time having self-awareness is fundamental on both the rugby field and in the work place according to Derek. “Sport is a business and business is a sport” is a motto Derek believes in wholeheartedly, as the traits sportsmen and women possess are transferable between the playing field and the business environment. For this reason he claims that former rugby players make some of the best businessmen.

Derek is also confident that by partnering with The Rugby Business Network’s ‘Life After Rugby’ program, Thomas International is able to take bigger steps towards improving people and organisation’s abilities.

Rugby giving hope to the homeless

There are not many people who can say they are changing lives, while at the same time making a significant contribution to Rugby. Darran Martin is one of these incredible individuals based of the work he does as Direct of Homeless Rugby.

This inspiring organisation is still in its early stages of development, but were still named Community Project of the Year in 2015 at both the City of Worchester Sports Awards and at the Sports Partnership Awards. Darran says the idea behind Homeless Rugby is being able to facilitate strong partnerships between Rugby clubs and local homeless charities to help create positive sporting opportunities.

Homeless Rugby relies on the generosity of businesses to assist the non-profit organisation expand across the United Kingdom, but Darran insists that it is not always financial support they require. A mutually beneficial partnership between Homeless Rugby and their sponsors is a top priority for Darran, saying “it’s a two way collaborative relationship”. Collaborating with other charitable organisations and businesses involved in giving back to Rugby has also allowed players from Homeless Rugby to find jobs.

Homeless Rugby have a number of exciting up and coming tournaments and would greatly appreciate your support by simply visiting

Coaching for a life after Rugby

Rugby players being coached on the field is not that much different to an individual being coached and guided into a career that best suits them. This is the belief of David Peace, the Director of Chespond Business & Careers Services.

With a passion for Rugby and business, David explains that the concept of coaching, which exists in both settings, is the underlying theme that brings the two together in his life.

“Helping people make the best of their own abilities” is the part of the reason David set up Chespond over seven years ago. Listening, gathering information, watching interactions and communication skills are traits witnessed on the Rugby field that are also used in careers coaching according to David. He also believes that a high work ethic and using mistakes as a learning experience is what sets professional rugby players apart from others when transitioning into the business environment. Although the biggest challenge David has observed in retired players is their reluctance to move on with their lives.

David also became part of The Rugby Business Network family in January 2016 when he took up the role of coordinator for the organisation in Scotland. He says the past year has been productive in raising awareness about the Life After Rugby program and gives his opinion on the different ways businesses can put back into Rugby sustainably.



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