Supporting Grassroots Rugby At Secure Trading
This weekend the World Rugby Sevens Series arrives in London for the penultimate round in this year’s competition. Secure Trading are proud sponsors of the England Sevens team, and we will be enjoying the carnival atmosphere at Twickenham cheering on our boys in front of the home crowd.
As Principal Partner of the England Sevens team, the players take to the pitch with Secure Trading’s name emblazoned on their jerseys. Dynamism, teamwork and passion are just three of the characteristics that both England Sevens and Secure Trading share, and every day each strives to improve in ever-competitive and ever-evolving global fields.
However, Secure Trading is not only involved in top-level rugby. We have a strong commitment to the grassroots game and as such we’re investing in the future as well as our current elite players. As Kobus Paulsen, CEO of Secure Trading says, “Participating in and helping sport is better for the greater community.”
Here is an overview of of our grassroots activities.
Secure Trading 24 Sevens
Away from the limelight, but of no less significance, Secure Trading is backing youth and grassroots rugby initiatives and tournaments. Now in its third year, the Secure Trading 24 Sevens is one such tournament giving local teams the chance to compete for a national crown. Hundreds of teams compete through local and regional qualifiers with finals day held on the elite Premiership pitch at Bath Recreation Ground.
Old Elthamians RFC
Secure Trading is also the main club sponsor of the Old Elthamians RFC. We support players from youth rugby right up to the first team who play in National League One, as well as the women’s team. Over the years of Secure Trading’s involvement we’ve seen the club grow and prosper, and players (young and old) develop qualities of teamwork, passion and commitment that are important qualities for success both on the rugby pitch and in life.
Former professional rugby players can have a challenging time when they stop playing. As with any sport, professional rugby is all consuming and that can make transitioning into a life post-rugby difficult. Secure Trading has partnered with Restart Rugby for London 7’s, a charity dedicated to supporting professional players suffering from serious injury, illness or hardship during and after their rugby careers. When the worst happens, Restart rugby provides players and their families with financial, practical and emotional support. The work that Restart Rugby does is inspirational and we are delighted to offer our support.
Life After Rugby
Amateur and professional rugby players have a lot to offer the corporate world. The skills learned on the rugby pitch are skills that are valued in the boardroom too. Secure Trading has long recognised how talented rugby players make excellent members of our sales, marketing and account management teams. In conjunction with Old Elthamians we employ several former and current players, providing them with career opportunities and the right level of work-life balance needed to pursue their career on the rugby pitch too.
Here at Secure Trading we’re passionate about the game of rugby, whether at the grassroots or professional level. We not only want to support the current stars of the game, but also the future stars and the stars of yesteryear, ensuring that all involved can enjoy the game and get out what they put in.
If the players and the game inspire you, please consider making a donation to Restart Rugby and make a difference to rugby players and their families.