The players discussed the differences in training as a fly-half and a prop, including their eating routine, praising their chef for their high protein meals.
Nathan Catt said: “We literally eat, train, eat, train, eat train. We have an amazing chef that alters our food to suit the different intensity training we’re doing each day.”
The professional players described how they manage injury, by grading their physical well-being from 1-5 to their club doctor. Freddie Burns said “We are very lucky to have the club doctors who care the way they do. With the kind of injuries players can get in the game, it’s important that we get seen to straight away.”
The students were keen to ask the pair about the worst injuries they’ve endured or have witnessed to which they described some horrific injuries that made the audience wince.
Students were interested to hear about the wide range of careers a club like Bath Rugby have to offer, as the players explained about roles including the Community Rugby Coach, Rugby Operations/Player Welfare Manager, Project Manager, Financial Controller, Chef and Physiotherapist.
Stuart King, Head of English and Maths and former Sport lecturer at Bath College said that: “Nathan and Freddie were both my sports students who had had lively, friendly and funny personalities. Even though rugby always came first in their lives they did not miss out on college work. They clearly recognized the value of an education.
“I remember very clearly chatting with them about their weekly rugby routines and how well they were progressing. How fantastic that they have both done so well! We have kept in touch since they left and I have felt so proud of their careers. A couple of months ago, seeing Nathan with his baby daughter in his arms certainly made me feel my age.”
Their talk to staff and sports students really identified the training schedules and rigors of being professional sportsmen. It is easy to watch a video or read an article but having England and Bath rugby players in the same room is inspiring for us all.
“They were pleased to give a little back to college, since they both recognise how much college supported them. I have already booked them to return next year. Long may their careers flourish!”
Thank you to Freddie and Nathan who really brought to life the different careers that sport has to offer, we look forward to your next talk at the college.