A group of Yorkshire Carnegie Academy players recently spent the day at Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel & Country Club, to experience several areas of employment within the hotel industry.

Organised as part of The Rugby Players’ Association’s Player Development Programme (PDP), the players in attendance were treated to an insight session delivered by several members of the Marriot staff.

The 12 players were split into three groups and firstly heard from Hollins Hall HR Manager, Natalie Wild, who gave an insight talk explaining the different roles within the industry as well as the various opportunities out there for players.

Joined by their RPA Player Development Manager, Mandy Thompson, the groups then experienced a culinary masterclass delivered by the hotels head chef and supervised by Yorkshire Carnegie’s Nutritionist, Debbie Smith.

This was followed by a golf tuition session with the Hollins Hall Director of Golf, Stuart Carnie, who spent the afternoon taking the players through a detailed golfing lesson, before allowing the players to let loose on the hotel’s driving range.

One player who thoroughly enjoyed the day was winger Dan Tai: “I found the whole experience extremely enjoyable and it was fantastic to experience what it’s like working in a hotel and in particular the catering kitchen. Having never been a good cook, I learnt several new tricks which I can now take back and hopefully improve what I eat at home. On top of this it was also great fun to learn more about golf and to hit the driving range with a really great bunch of fellow teammates.”

Yorkshire Carnegie Academy Director, Andy Rock, was pleased by the level of contribution shown by the players: “The event was a fantastic experience for all the players, and helped to not only develop culinary skills, but to broaden their horizons outside of rugby as young men and young professionals. We believe that spending time with good people in a different environment provides a positive life experience, and it was great for us all as Academy staff to see them representing themselves and Yorkshire Carnegie so well.”

HR Manager at Hollins Hall, Natalie Wild, expressed her delight at the success of the day: “This event was a fantastic opportunity to build a relationship with The RPA and give the players an insight into the hospitality industry and what we have to offer here at the Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel. We have been able to provide the
Yorkshire Carnegie Academy players with culinary skills to help them cook whilst training to be professionals and teach them the basics of playing golf as a good way for the team to relax in between training. We are very keen to continue and also build on the relationship we have established with the RPA by providing work placements, CV and interview skills as well as part time work to support with studies. We have already had one member of the team enquiring to complete a work placement in Leisure to enhance his personal training skills.
The Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel has been a pilot property to work with the RPA, and we hope that this will open up to other Marriott hotels in the UK to provide a similar programme.”

The players in attendance included: Jack Walker, Joshua Bainbridge, Guy Borrowdale, Paul Hill, Lewis Boyce, Dan Tai, Jack Barnard, Taylor Prell, Max Green, Jordan Poole, Matt Dudman and Dan Preston-Routledge.