Preparing for Life after the Game with the IMI

Preparing for Life after the Game with the IMI

Last week, former players gathered at Irish Management Institute (IMI) to discuss the changes they’ve made in their own lives after completing a professional diploma.

“The opportunities afforded to players through the IMI scholarship is one of the key supports we provide players moving into the world of work” said Simon Keogh, CEO of Rugby Players Ireland. “We see the impacts in new businesses being created, new careers being shaped and a new confidence in the players to go beyond the playing side of the game.”

Gordon D’Arcy has completed two professional diplomas with IMI to date, one as part of the scholarship scheme

The IMI/Rugby Players Ireland scholarship scheme allows former players to develop themselves professionally, helping the transition from professional athlete to professional. The three Rugby Players Ireland scholarship winners this year are Paul Wallace (Strategy & Innovation), Denis Hurley (Management) and Carol Ann Clarke (Strategy and Innovation).

Previous winners are:
Michael Finlay – Professional Diploma in Executive Coaching
David Corkery – Professional Diploma in Executive Coaching (Cork)
Marie Louise Reilly – Professional Diploma in Strategy & Innovation
Frankie Sheahan – Professional Diploma in Leadership
Denis Hickie – Professional Diploma in Business Finance
Declan O’Brien – Professional Diploma in Leadership
Simon Keogh – Professional Diploma in Management
Guy Easterby – Professional Diploma in Business Finance
Adrian Flavin – Professional Diploma in Leadership
Peter Bracken – Professional Diploma in Executive Coaching
Declan O’Brien – Professional Diploma in Executive Coaching
Gordon D’Arcy – Professional Diploma in Strategy & Innovation
Sophie Spence – Professional Diploma in Leadership
Peter Malone – Professional Diploma in Management
Ailis Egan – Professional Diploma in Marketing and Digital Strategy
Doug Howlett – Professional Diploma in in Digital Business
Michael Swift – Professional Diploma in Strategy & Innovation


The scholarship scheme is open to Rugby Players Ireland members. For more information please contact your Player Development Manager. If you would like to discuss programme options, please contact Susan Harrison at IMI by emailing

In 2019, IMI became the first in Ireland to enter the elite Top 50 in the World for Executive Education, as published by the Financial Times. To explore all IMI programmes, click here.

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