Accountants and business advisers PKF Francis Clark have announced a new initiative with The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA). The RPA is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England. It was established in 1998 to look after the interests of all professional players, from Academy players to the superstars of the international game.
The RPA offers members Player Welfare and Representation services as well as a comprehensive national Personal Development Programme (PDP) to help prepare them for life after rugby. The RPA has also acted as the exclusive commercial representative of the England Team since February 2004.
PKF Francis Clark’s Professional Sports Services team provide specialist personal accounting tax and business advice to the professional sport sector in the UK and internationally. The multi-year collaboration will see PKF Francis Clark working closely with the RPA to support their work with players ensuring they have valuable, legitimate tax and business advice to aid their careers.
PKF Francis Clark Managing Partner, Andrew Richards said:
“We are delighted to have formed an official collaboration with the RPA. We have been working with clients in the sports sector for a number of years now, our team are not just technical experts they have first-hand working knowledge of the professional sports world and a genuine interest and understanding of the financial issues that confront players.”
RPA Group CEO, Damian Hopley said: “This is an important partnership for the RPA and one that will benefit our players both during and after their professional rugby careers. PKF Francis Clark are a globally renowned firm, and it is very exciting to welcome them on board as our official taxation and accountancy partner. We look forward to working together to provide outstanding advice and support the financial wellbeing of our members.”
Tamsin Tully, Director of Professional Sports Services at PKF Francis Clark went on to say:
“We are thrilled about this new venture and supporting the fantastic work that the RPA do. PKF Francis Clark is very much here to provide players with trusted financial advice that they can rely on. In turn this gives them peace of mind so that they can focus their attention on the field!”