- We have one-on-one sessions with each of our members to develop a personal development plan by exploring their current situation and vision for the future. Thus ensures that they have a game plan in place for life outside of rugby.
- We monitor our members’ progress by having one-on-one follow up sessions with them.
Our Player Development Programme consists out of 5 pillars:
Our Mental Well-being Hotline: 086 0995 149
The personal mastery sessions’ aim is to set up a game plan for our members’ lives outside of rugby. We do this by exploring the following:
The focus of these group sessions will be to explore:
- self awareness
- emotional intelligence
We work with the North West University (NWU) to provide our players with a 24/7 mental well-being hotline, which they can use for:
– We also have mental health presentation sessions with our members during our union visits to create more awareness about the importance of mental health.
Any player unsure about what he/she wants to do outside of rugby can complete psychometric assessments after which feedback is provided about possible career paths.
Each year we make a number of bursaries available to our players to further their education.
We arrange job shadowing and internship opportunities.
We prepare our players for workplace readiness by assisting them on:
- how to draft a CV;
- how to search for jobs; and
- how to prepare for job interviews.
We partnered with Educational Institutes to provide our players with exclusive study benefits. Our partners are:
- Wits DigitalCampus
- Oxbridge Academy
- Invuya Institute of Learning
- Milpark Education
- eta College
- Regent Business School
National Development Plan
Our National Player Development Manager works with managers from the Lions, Bulls, Sharks, Western Province and Cheetahs to develop and maintain a standard player development framework and curriculum.
As players’ organisation we want to ensure that all unions address player development in an unswerving and consistent manner to safeguard the members’ development outside of rugby, especially when they move from one union to another.
Part-time player development managers (PDMs)
Our Part-time PDMs will carry out the Player Development Programme and will also draft Personal Development Plans for all senior players.