Bath Rugby opened up its headquarters at Farleigh House to a select few Bath College Sports Students earlier this month.

The students were lucky enough to have a meet and greet with all the professionals that work there, who gave them an insightful day highlighting the variety of career options that link to sport. The event was funded by WIN (Wessex Inspiration Network) which is a targeted programme of activities and personalised support for young people considering their future options and to find out whether higher education is for them.

The students got a tour of the impressive grounds as well as hearing talks from staff from a wide range of departments including Jack Howden (Community Rugby Coach), Michael Bache (Head Chef), Sophie Bennett (Rugby Operations and Player Welfare Manager), Jojo Bowles (Project Manager), Owen Peachey (Financial Controller) and Connor Farrell (Physiotherapist).

Beth, a student at Bath College, said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and listening to all the different roles really helped me in choosing my job role in the future, especially hearing about the physio’s role at the club as this is hopefully the road I would one day like to go down.”

This opportunity offered by WIN and Bath Rugby broadened the students view of their job prospects when finishing their course and they left excitedly discussing their new aspirations.

Jack Howden, Community Rugby Coach at Bath Rugby was thrilled to host the students. “It was great to have the sports students at Farleigh House for the afternoon – it gave them all an insight about the operation of a professional sports team and the many roles that come inside it.

“The students came with an enthusiasm to learn and asked some great questions to delve deeper into how one of the biggest clubs in professional rugby runs on and off the pitch.

“I think the experience has opened their eyes to the processes that go on behind the scenes, in order to run an effective and successful business.”