The Player Development Program commenced in 2001, providing direct and specialist support to professional players, past and present.
In 2016, the program identified six key pillars which became the focus of attention for the Player Development Managers based within the professional teams. These pillars are:
- Career & Education: Creating and advancing employment options for life after Rugby
- Wellbeing: Managing the lifestyle and mental pressures of professional sport
- Financial Management: Implementing effective strategies for saving and financial security
- Cultural Awareness: Understanding (Pasifika) cultures and fostering inclusion
- Personal Toolkit: Advancing valuable skills to implement in life on and off the field
- Integrity & Obligations: Educating players of their responsibility to the game
A 2012 survey of the full-time professional playing group found that 75% of Australia's Super Rugby players believed they performed better when undertaking some form of training or education program off the field.
For information on Training & Education, talk to your team's Player Development Manager or contact Rosemary Towner.