Gloucester Rugby Academy players gain work experience with Gloucester City Homes
14 May 2019
The members of the Academy have developed quite a reputation in recent months for their sterling work volunteering in the community with the likes of the Gloucester City Mission, but tackled something quite different recently when they spent time on work experience with Gloucester City Homes.
The players enjoyed a week of work experience working with the Tenancy Sustainment Team and Anti-social Behaviour Team, as well as attending the live demolition of Sherbourne House – a former sheltered housing property.
They also attended a sheltered housing scheme taking part in an exercise session, and worked in the call centre and alongside the income collection team. It was certainly a busy and varied week and all the players thoroughly enjoyed it.
Academy Performance Manager 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.
“For 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.”
And Lisa Nicholls, the Assistant Director of Housing Services at Gloucester City Homes, praised the players for the way they embraced their challenge.
“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 all demonstrated a great attitude and approach, really immersing themselves in our work.
“The Academy players have kindly offered to return to GCH to work with the Junior Wardens in local primary schools. Encouragement is vital and we believe that their visits will inspire our Wardens to grow in their chosen sport and serve them well in life.”