Ex-International rugby player and Founder of Workathlete
Rob Vickerman is one of England Rugby Sevens’ most successful captains. Leading England to victory in the World Series Events in 2008, 2011 and 2013, as well as reaching the Sevens World Cup Final. His career spanned over a decade until a neck injury forced retirement in 2015, aged just 29. Rob is now a studio pundit on BT Sport as well as a pitchside reporter for Sky Sports. He also commentates on Aviva Premiership and Championship matches and is a brand ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust, where he mentors youngsters in sport.
During 10 years of professional rugby Rob found himself fascinated by how different things made different people tick, and how sometimes just a couple of well-chosen words at the right time could make a huge change to how people thought. Rob founded Workathlete after being taken aback at how people worked outside the sport environment:
In no way did I expect people to be cosseted like professional athletes, but simple things like not taking lunch breaks and running on nothing but sugar and caffeine were so obviously detrimental to concentration, performance and health that I was surprised they were allowed.
At present Rob’s work centres around adapting the analytical, scientific and developmental areas that he experienced playing one of the most demanding team sports. Rob believes that in all aspects of work and life; including communication, nutrition and performance planning, there is a lot the working world can learn from the sporting sphere.
Rob’s holistic approach to preparing for success is extremely relevant to Sport, Health and Exercise students looking to get the most out of University and kick-start their careers. You can learn more about Rob and his team of performance experts at workathlete.com