There are few examples in today’s day and age of players playing for just one club throughout their career. Sometimes money is an incentive whilst increased chances of success, a lack of opportunities and the thought of moving to bigger and better things often come into a player’s thinking which results in them moving on.
Former rugby union player Gary Rees is one of the rare exceptions to the norm having spent his entire playing career with Nottingham RFC. From the 1970’s to the 1990’s he was a mainstay in the team and during this period was also recognised on the international stage with the flanker earning 23 caps and appearing at both the 1987 and 1991 Rugby World Cups.
After retiring at the end of the 1993/94 season, Gary went into coaching at Nottingham RFC and took an assistant coach position, ensuring he maintained his close relationship with the club even though his playing career had come to an end.
Gary is undoubtedly a motivation and role model to the younger generation and is a shining example of how you can be successful and achieve all that you want to achieve by staying at one club throughout your career.
Now an established and popular sports motivational speaker, Gary focuses on his reasons for being a ‘one-man club’, what kept him motivated to keep performing for the team and how these characteristics can also be displayed in everyday life.
If you would like to book Gary Rees as a speaker for your event, simply contact Champions Motivational today via our online form or by giving a member of our friendly team a call on +44 1509 85 29 27.
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“On behalf of Southwell RFC, I would like to thank you for being a large part of a very successful end of season players dinner. Your speech was one of the funniest and most relevant to a Junior club, that we have ever had. It is no mean feat to entertain such a mixed audience who by the very nature of the event, do not want to sit quietly for very long, and you accomplished this admirably. It cannot be easy sitting through endless presentations to people you know nothing about, but you remained gracious throughout. You will be a hard act to follow and I wish you every success in pursuing this very precarious career path!” – Charlie Anstey – Southwell Rugby Club
“Thank you very much for your entertaining talk at our Club Dinner on Saturday. Your anecdotes were much appreciated and we had positive comments from the boys. I hope you enjoyed the evening and had a safe journey home.
Good to meet you and best wishes to you and Nottingham for the future” – Steve – Kendall RFC
“Gary gave a very informative and entertaining account of his days in the England International squad at our Rugby Club Vice Presidents’ Dinner. His stories and experiences are well suited to audiences of our generation and I can highly recommend him.” – David Young, Vice President Chairman. Stratford upon Avon Rugby Football Club Ltd
“Gary Rees spoke at the dinner following on from an over-40s charity rugby match at Morley RUFC on 10th May.
Gary had thankfully stepped in at very short notice as our original speaker was unable to attend. Gary was well known to the audience from his exploits as an outstanding England rugby player in the 80s and 90s.
His speech was hilarious but did not just contain the usual anecdotes about former internationals. He has obviously given serious thought to the psychology of the dressing room at the highest levels of sport and rugby in particular. This resulted in a much more interesting and memorable account of his experiences than is usual from famous after-dinner speakers. The speech was as thought-provoking as it was humorous and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Gary was a major part of a fantastic day at Morley and took the time to chat with the attendees after the dinner, well into the evening.
I would whole-heartedly recommend Gary as a main speaker at any sporting event of this nature (not just rugby!). We will definitely be booking him in the future.” – Dr Simon M Enright, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
“Gary Rees spoke recently at our end of season dinner. He recalled his early days on the road to international stardom and discussed some of the pros & cons of the present rugby union set up. Most interesting. He interspersed his speech with anecdotes from his playing days with England. These were all stories we hadn’t heard before and a refreshing change from the oft repeated “stock”. All in all a much appreciated talk which was well applauded by the audience. After the dinner he stayed behind & mixed with the members at the bar, again much appreciated. A good choice!” – Ralph Dawson, Chairman Wolverhampton RUFC Former Players Association.