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Roosters seek off-field success with work and study

While the Sydney Roosters are currently unable to perform on the field, the work is far from over when it comes to off-field activity.

In the midst of the NRL Telstra Premiership grind, members of both NRL and junior squads are invested in getting educated and prepared for life after football, or in some cases life away from football.

While many have completed degrees and diplomas already, others are seeking second or third options of education, particularly while football has been placed on hold.

The immediate priority for the Roosters Welfare team has been to ensure that players are being delivered alternate methods of education and are able to keep their study on track while in isolation.

Roosters Juniors partake in video conference class room.
Roosters Juniors partake in video conference class room.

Members of the squad that are engaged in Fitness and Business courses have transitioned to video conference online classrooms.

OneWellbeing already delivered video conference lessons, and Elite Athlete Business School transitioned to online classes for their courses.

A number of players are just beginning to further their education journey, while others have been consistently engaged, or keeping their businesses afloat.

Captain Jake Friend, who is a noted hard worker both on and off the field, has been working overtime to ensure the continued success of his popular Randwick Cafe High Street Society and ensuring that his business is adjusting to the current climate.

Catch Up with Friendy

Friend has built a strong business network, which he continues to prove after launching a new plumbing business called Friendly Plumbing.

Jake has been consistently engaged in education and business preparation throughout his time with the Club.

He completed a range of Certificate 3 and Certificate 4 courses in business, real estate, construction and fitness.

Victor Radley is a fully qualified carpenter after completing his apprenticeship during his years playing junior football.

Radley has been back on the tools on a consistent basis since the beginning of the NRL postponement.

On Site with Victor Radley

Sitilli Tupouniua and Egan Butcher have both commenced Certificate III in Carpentry through MiBT.

Lindsay Collins is also doing this same course, and again coming back after commencing his apprenticeship during juniors.

During the shut-down, Lindsay has also been back on the tools in Brisbane.

Josh Morris and Brett Morris are both completing Cert III in Carpentry at TAFE Loftus.

TAFE is looking at adapting delivery to some online delivery and workshop delivery with appropropriate physical distancing. 

Luke Keary, Kyle Flanagan, Nat Butcher, Matt Ikuvalu, and Drew Hutchinson have all been consistently engaged in education programs throughout their NRL careers.

Poasa Fa'amausili has been completing a Diploma of Business Design online for the last 12 months.

He receives tutoring via video conference from a qualified Interior designer.

Their studies includes:

Luke Keary: Bachelor of Business Admin
Kyle Flanagan: Bachelor of Construction and Property management
Matt Ikuvalu: Bachelor of Education
Drew Hutchison: Bachelor of Education
Nat Butcher: Bachelor of Business Admin

Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.