Best-selling author James Kerr meets the Wasps Academy

Last week James Kerr, author of 'Legacy', spoke to the Wasps Academy at an event for academy players, parents, key stakeholders and supporters at St Benedicts School.

After meeting Wasps' Academy Athletic Performance Manager, Ian Taplin, at an event at the RFU, Kerr agreed to speak to the young players at Wasps to talk through his experience with the All Blacks. The event was run in support of the Academy's official charity partner, the Brain Tumour Charity.

In 'Legacy', best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world's most successful sporting team, the All Blacks, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business. The All Blacks are the world's most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years.

After the talk Kerr spoke of the knowledge he hoped he would impart on the youngsters. “I hope they take a lot away from this. Something about the idea of what you can give, not what you can get. That’s the secret behind any great team. Secretly a lot of us are looking at what we can get out of our contribution, like it’s a deal, but I hope that they see it’s about making everyone great, knowing your values and holding onto them.”

He also spoke about the Club’s move to Coventry and the opportunities it presents to redefine their purpose. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Wasps as a whole to really look at the big questions, the existential questions like who are we, what are we doing here, what can we contribute. Having a moment like that allows you to throw all of the cards in the air and not rest on routine or on habit. It’s easy to get lost in a new town, but if you know who you are and hold onto that, you will thrive. Consistency comes from knowing what you stand for.”

Kerr explained that after meeting Ian Taplin, he was easily talked into speaking to the Academy. “Ian and I met at the RFU and he has introduced me to the Club. He is clearly an advocate for this kind of thinking and I think he understands the importance of answering the big question of why. If it’s all about the result then you can easily get lost, but if you are playing a bigger game it will help you through the tough times and give you more consistency in the good times.”

The event formed part of a series of planned activity that will help to raise £10k for the Brain Tumour Charity. The next event will be 'Battle of the Brands', where academy players will auction of a prize linked to a 1st team player in an apprentice style competition.

To donate to the Brain Tumour Charity, text Wasp88 to 70070 or click here.