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Cardiff and Vale College and Welsh Rugby Players Association join forces to maximise opportunities for professional players

Cardiff and Vale College has entered into a partnership with the Welsh Rugby Players Association in order to provide a package of support for players as part of their personal development.

The WRPA represents rugby players to ensure their best interests are protected. Part of this includes a player led personal development programme to help players achieve a balance between sport and lifestyle, aiming to make the transition from a professional playing career into future employment as smooth as possible.

Cardiff and Vale College will work with the WRPA to provide players with access to its ever-expanding portfolio of vocational and academic courses. This will help players at all stages of their playing careers find the right education and training to help them meet their career aspirations.

CAVC Principal Kay Martin said:

“At Cardiff and Vale College we are strong supporters of rugby at all levels. Our Rugby Academy supports emerging talent while ensuring players achieve academically, and now this new partnership will allow us to help from the other end of the scale.

“We are delighted to be working with the Welsh Rugby Players Association. It is vital that rugby players can meet their career aspirations once their professional careers come to an end, either through age or injury. The College’s wide range of courses and support options will be able to help them do just that.”

WRPA CEO Andries Pretorius said:

“The WRPA is committed to encourage players to not only consider life after rugby, but rather life beyond rugby. This ensures players current circumstances and aspirations are assessed and aligned with their future ambitions and  with over 250 members it is vitally important for us to consider the ambitions of each of our members individually and proactively support them in developing a wide array of skillsets that benefit them beyond the sporting landscape. “

“I believe Cardiff and Vale Colleges’ aspirations to be world class in all they do closely aligns with the ambitions of the Welsh Rugby Players Association which makes for a great partnership as we learn from and support each other in leading the way in our respective fields. I believe our members will greatly benefit from this partnership and we are delighted to be working with such a forward thinking organisation.”