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.

 

Bouncing between a Rugby coaching and Business career

Being the head coach of an international Rugby team is demanding, but USA Sevens coach Mike Friday takes it in his stride, as he is also the co-founder of Bounce Life Limited in the United Kingdom. He tells The Rugby Business Network how he manages to lead the Eagles, where they have reached an impressive fifth place in the HSBC Sevens World Series this season, as well as growing his business which is a year old.

Mike emphasises the importance of health and well being, which is the driving force behind his decision to branch out in this area of business that is developing at a steady rate. Surrounding yourself with the right people is what makes the balancing act between the USA Sevens team and Bounce Life possible, according to Mike.

Having played professional Rugby with the London Wasps, Mike speaks from experience when he says that players need to start planning for their futures well before their playing days come to an end. Mike also offers sound advice when it comes to financial planning, as it is not equal for players across the Sevens and 15-man formats or from one country to the next.

Bridging the daunting gap between Rugby and Business careers

International Rugby Players Association CEO Omar Hassanein knows all too well the struggles and uncertainties professional and semi-professional Rugby players experience when transitioning into the business environment once they call time on their playing days.

A recent survey in Ireland found that an astounding 31% of players still felt unsure about the career they wished to peruse two years after retiring, which is why Omar stresses the importance for Rugby players to “leave no gaps in their CV” as it makes the transition process far less daunting.

A loss of identity after a player hangs up their Rugby boots is a real problem according to Omar and that Player Associations are there to keep past players interests in mind and assisting them in providing meaningful opportunities in business.

Omar admits that the businesses he has worked with, while at the number of Player Associations he has been involved with since his retirement as a professional rugby player, are accommodating when it comes to career transition. Although he believes more business could still get involved in giving retired players an opportunity.

There is a familiar trend for past players searching for a career related to or involved with Rugby, which are not always readily available. Omar urges players when they are still at the start of their Rugby careers to study and organise their lives accordingly in preparation for the inevitable transition into the workplace.

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 www.homelessrugby.org

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