Online courses, quiz nights and three-minute tutorials, the Ospreys are all busy staying safe and keeping active both physically and mentally at home with the help of the Welsh Rugby Players Association.
From day one of lockdown Tim Jones, the WRPA Personal Development Manager (PDM) at the Ospreys, began gathering a growing library of resources for players and staff at the region to turn to during these difficult times.
“I am one of four WRPA PDM’s. There is one of us at each of the four Welsh rugby regions. At the WRPA, one of our functions is to support professional rugby players in their ‘off field’ lives and help them to develop as people. it is widely accepted that as better people they will make better players.
“We also provide support to the them to ensure that they are continually developing their skills in other areas outside of rugby, helping to prepare them for the next chapters in their lives.
Another key area of Tim’s role is to support the wellbeing of the squad, helping to ensure that players can successfully navigate their way through the demanding and sometimes challenging life of a professional rugby player.
“At this current unprecedented time, it has been important to be available and to offer as much support and guidance to players as possible. We have been doing our best to keep them occupied, flagging up a range of development opportunities and encouraging them to maintain regular contact with everyone. In addition to Osprey based messaging groups, all our professional players in Wales have access to the WRPA App, where they can find important updates, a range of resources, activities and lots of other useful information.
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