Upcoming Rugby Stars Swap Pitch for Community Work

Five Gloucester Rugby Academy Players took a week out of their busy rugby schedules to gain experience in community and office based roles at Gloucester City Homes (GCH). Last week Jake Morris, Olly Adkins, Alex Morgan, Calum Allen and Harry Butler experienced working in a variety of roles at the local Housing Association.

Tenant and former Gloucester Rugby Player, Ken Allen, was pleased to meet Jake at Badger Vale Court’s weekly exercise class, he said: “Last Friday was really good, Jake was very polite and joined in with the class, a really good sport. I enjoy the Keep Fit classes as it’s important to do it at any age but especially at ours. It’s nice to have a bit of fun as well and we certainly have that at these classes. It was lovely to see people from the GCH office and a couple of them even took part – fair play.”

Jake taking part in fitness class

The players worked in a range of teams including Tenancy Sustainment, Anti-social Behaviour, Development, Independent Living, Income Collection and Customer Services. From seeing the demolition of Sherborne House in Kingsholm to answering the phones and taking part in an over 55’s exercise class the young men gained insight across a number of roles.

Jake Morris, Gloucester Academy player added: “The whole week has been really enjoyable, its great to learn and gain experiences in a different environment. I especially enjoyed the Keep Fit session.”

Lisa Nicholls, Assistant Director at GCH comments: “At GCH we strive to provide a range of opportunities locally for work experience within social housing.  It has been a pleasure to host the Academy players providing them an insight into the housing sector and giving them experience in varied roles.

During their time with us the Academy lads have demonstrated a great attitude and approach, really immersing themselves into our work. We are looking forward to working together going forward as the players have kindly offered to work with our Junior Wardens in local primary schools. “

Academy Performance Manager at GRC, Kevin Mannion explained: “As part of the wider Academy Program, it is important to give the lads opportunities to test their skills in new environments. We believe that by giving them a chance to go out and experience working environments is a vital part of their long-term development.

Jake with KenFor us it is essential to see that they are adaptable to different environments and suitably able to conduct themselves, whatever situation they are faced with. We cannot thank Gloucester City Homes enough for delivering a great week for the lads, which tested them in ways that the Rugby field cannot.”