Harlequins can confirm today (Tuesday 27th September) the appointment of Alun Davies as the Club’s Player Development Manager.
Davies joins Harlequins with 18 years of experience in the field of personal development in sport, having previously worked with the Welsh Rugby Union and UK Sport’s ACE and Performance Lifestyle programmes.
While working closely with the programmes and initiatives run by the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA), Alun will also maximise the playing squad’s time to prepare for a career outside of rugby.
Using the resources and services available to players during their careers, Alun’s work will allow them to grow as individuals during their present playing careers and prepare them for a life after professional rugby. The transferable skills will be harnessed through further education and the excellent access to work experience opportunities in a wide range of industries and vocations.
Commenting on the appointment, Harlequins Director of Rugby, John Kingston said: “In keeping with our desire to assist our squad with all their life needs, we felt it crucial to appoint a Player Development Manager.
“Alun has a wealth of experience in sport, business and education. He will offer that necessary assistance to players, be they starting out in the Academy or coming into the Autumn of their rugby careers.”
Davies added: “I am delighted and privileged to have been given the opportunity to work for Harlequins in the role of Player Development Manager under the direction of John Kingston. My aim is to work closely with players, coaches and support staff to provide a personal and career development support programme for the squad.
“Equipping individuals with the necessary skills required in readiness for career progression during and after playing is now a key aspect of elite player support, but at the same time we have to ensure that they maximise and maintain their rugby focus.”