Assistant Academy Manager Chris Lloyd, Academy Manager Rob Smith and AXV Manager Geoff Strange with Phil Brown of Causeway Technologies and some of the Academy Squad
The partnership sees a lucrative investment by Causeway Technologies who have strong links with the Club, sponsors of the Apprenticeship for the past two seasons. For the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons, the partnership sees the relationship between Causeway and Wasps expand to support not only the development of the Club’s apprentices aged 16-18, but also the full Academy scheme that has seen production of Wasps and England talents Danny Cipriani, Tom Rees, Dominic Waldouck and Joe Worsley to name but a few.
Adding financial support to both of the youth development streams, Causeway has huge ambitions to enable the partnership with London Wasps to assist Academy Manager Rob Smith and his team, in the production of home grown International players. Causeway aim to support Wasps Academy and Apprenticeship skills off the field with guidance and training around areas including interview techniques, office work experience and CV preparation, working in conjunction with the Twyford school with which the Apprenticeship scheme partners on site at the Twyford Avenue Training Ground.
Causeway Technologies can boast a strong link with planning and developing for the future - listing many high profile projects including Heathrow Terminal 5, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the M6 Toll Road in the UK, plus major developments in the Middle East such as the Al Raha Beach project in Abu Dhabi, to their list of accolades. Their solutions are behind some of the most significant capital and long term maintenance projects in construction and their commitment to success and ongoing development sees their partnership with the Academy and the Apprenticeship - two of the most successful rugby youth talent generators in their field - cement a relationship between two brands governed by the same core values.
Delighted by the partnership, Rob Smith, London Wasps Academy Manager said, “I would firstly like to extend my thanks to Phil Brown of Causeway Technologies who has shown an ongoing commitment and passion towards London Wasps and particularly our development streams in the Academy and the Apprenticeship programmes. Having been involved with our Apprenticeship from very early on, we have forged a strong partnership with Causeway and we are delighted that they now take on a full role with both streams.
Chris Lloyd, Phil Brown and Rob Smith
"Sponsorship, in rugby and particularly Wasps terms, means much more than funding – an aspect which is of course vital to our ongoing development – but it is also an investment into what our aims and ambitions are for success and about the people who are involved as a collective and as individuals. This is evident with our relationship with Phil Brown and with Causeway and I am delighted, as are our coaches and players, that they take on a greater presence at the Club as sponsors of both the Academy and the Apprenticeship. We look forward to very successful seasons in partnership together."
Phil Brown, CEO OF Causeway Technologies added, "We are delighted to become the main sponsors of the London Wasps Academy and Academy Apprenticeship for the forthcoming seasons. Both play a hugely important role, not only in the future of the club, but within the wider local community of which we are a part; Causeway’s headquarters being located not far from Adams Park. We have always taken an active interest in Wasps’ success and are proud to be able to contribute in some way to continuing that success.
"We see our role as more than simply a passive provider of funding. We have sought to be actively involved in supporting the Club’s talented young players, recognising how we can help them develop personal skills beyond the rugby pitch.
"The Wasps’ Academy and Apprenticeship programmes instil the values of learning, respect, discipline and hard work. In particular, the combination of education and training gives every Wasps Apprentice a discipline and focus that will stand them in good stead for their entire lives. Together with the club, Causeway will continue to take an interest in the well-being and development of all the young players long after they move on from the Academy and Apprenticeship programmes and we look forward to supporting them en route to a highly successful future."
Click here to view the 2009/10 Academy Squad.
The London Wasps Academy and Academy Apprenticeship also partner With Byron Hill Developments and Canterbury of New Zealand.
Causeway Technologies' web site is at www.causeway.com