The Professional Cricketers’ Association’s Rookie Camp was the first we were able to help, back in 2013, with support for the Rugby Players’ Association’s annual Academy Players’ Induction Day following later that year. We are delighted to have been able to support both initiatives every year since.
The most recent Rookie Camp we have been able to help with was Rugby Players Ireland. They held their inaugural one in July 2018, details of which you can read here. There was a second one last summer.
These programmes enable the different associations to bring together groups of young players, who are all at the very beginning of their careers, and deliver sessions on a whole variety of topics to help them cope with their lives in the world of professional sport. The emphasis each association puts on each of their own programmes will vary, of course, but the focus is on advising the players on some of the potential pitfalls they might encounter along the way, and helping to demystify the environment they are about to enter. The main focus is on the support the player can expect to receive from the player association.
This year the RPI has had to cope with the not insignificant challenge of dealing with the whole Covid-19 pandemic. Rather than miss a year, they chose to deliver their third Rookie Camp remotely, via online delivery. It proved to be very successful and you can read some of the comments from the RPI’s own report here.
It’s difficult to give a real sense of how the event went but RPI have kindly sent us a few photos:
The first image (above) is of the RPI’s Chief Executive Simon Keogh chatting with current Leinster and Irish Player Rob Kearney and current Irish Head Coach Andy Farrell. They discussed what it takes to become a good professional and ‘Savouring the Moment’.
The second picture is of Marcus Horan, the Player Development Manager for Munster and a former Ireland international himself, chatting with Richie Sadlier, former Irish football international, about behaviours around alcohol.
The third picture is of a four-way discussion on the benefits of using the wellbeing programme between: RPI Player Development Manager Aoife Lane; Dr Mark Smith, the RPI’s Lead Psychologist; Louise Galvin, a current Irish 7s International; and John Cooney, current Ulster and Ireland player.
The Trust is absolutely delighted to be supporting the RPI with their Rookie Camp. They do a fantastic job for their members and the thought that goes into this particular initiative, whether delivered face to face or online, will be appreciated by the young players starting out in their rugby careers.