Himsworths talk social media and reputation with rugby’s future starsPosted on

We were proud to be a part of the Rugby Players Association’s annual Academy Induction Day this year at Loughborough’s excellent Burleigh Court hotel (which recently housed Team GB as they prepared for the Olympics).

The day opened with an inspirational talk from England head coach Stuart Lancaster who gave his 10 tips for sustained success in elite rugby.

During the morning Matt Himsworth delivered six workshops to groups of Academy inductees from across the Aviva Premiership. Working with these groups of digital natives, who are preparing for the culture shock of moving from being ordinary teenage boys who have lived their private lives online to professional sportsmen who are now under the scrutiny of the public and press, was fun and rewarding … and there were a few shocks in store for the lads!

The message clearly got through to Leicester Tigers and England U20’s Tom Price who, when asked what he had learnt from the day, said “Without a doubt the use of social media! I had no idea how easy it was for people to see your profile on Twitter and Facebook and just how dangerous they can be. It’s not really something you think about, but I’ll definitely be making mine a lot more secure.”

The RFU, with the 3 week ban handed out to Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, is one governing body that is taking player responsibility online very seriously and it is hoped that the lessons learned today will be heeded as the players’ careers develop.

Caroline Guthrie, the RPA’s Player Services Manager, commented “We were thrilled to have Matt along to work with the players. The sessions he delivers are powerful, entertaining and give the players important lessons to carry through into their playing careers”.

For more information see the RPA’s own report on the day.





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