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Posted Wednesday, January 27th 2021

Watts hails impact of Academy mentoring scheme

Senior Academy Manager, Gethin Watts has hailed the impact of the club’s mentoring programme, which provides young players with support to enhance self-development and growth, as well as the platform to discuss a range of subjects.

Devised by Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and Watts, and led by John Afoa and Joe Joyce, the programme helps to improve communication, reinforce learning on and off the field, develop leadership and increase the confidence of the club’s Senior Academy players.

“We started this programme 15 months ago and the impact it has had has been superb,” said Watts.

“It has helped to enhance our environment in which everyone is involved and has a real feeling of responsibility and ownership.

“It has helped to enhance our environment in which everyone is involved and has a real feeling of responsibility and ownership."

Gethin Watts, Senior Academy Manager

“This is not just something for the mentees, it’s been just as beneficial to the mentors themselves. We want, as a club, to make sure that we support the ongoing learning of our experienced players and develop their role as mentors, we hold regular forums with current and prospective mentors and there is ongoing training and support for them throughout the process.

“From myself, Pat (Lam) and Lindsay Woodford (Mental Skills Coach), we are ensuring the whole process is meaningful for everyone involved.

“The mentors’ engagement throughout has been excellent and the boys have taken so much from the relationships that have been built. It’s important to emphasise that this is not just rugby-related as our drive to develop better people is at the heart of our culture.

“High Performance in sport as is in business is very rarely achieved without high quality leadership and the mentoring programme plays a huge part in developing and honing these skills.”


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