Ireland’s Top Rugby Players to benefit as IRUPA announces Education Partnership with the IMI

Ireland’s current rugby players and ex-professionals will be able to avail of world-class development and executive education programmes as part of a new partnership between IRUPA, the Irish Rugby Union Players Association, and the Irish Management Institute (IMI), it has been announced. 

The agreement will see the IMI offer three scholarships to the value of €30,000 to IRUPA members on an annual basis. The announcement comes as IRUPA widens its membership to include past professional players through its IRUPA Clubhouse Past Player Alumni, members of whom will be a key audience for executive education with the IMI. As well as offering professional development opportunities, IRUPA’s partnership with the IMI sees all IRUPA members, both past and present gain membership to the IMI.  The new arrangement will provide IRUPA members’ access to the IMI’s internationally recognised executive development courses across a diverse range of subjects.  IRUPA members will also have access to events and business networking opportunities organised by the IMI. Both organisations will also work together to develop relevant and flexible executive development for the players to help continue their off-field commitment to educational development.

Simon Boucher, CEO of the IMI said: ‘The IMI is delighted to partner with IRUPA. This fits with the IMI’s strategy to drive awareness of the IMI brand and the benefits of our leading Masters and Diploma programmes to new and existing members. IRUPA has much in common with the IMI in looking to provide more personal development opportunities to their members. I congratulate IRUPA for taking this step to help its members beyond their playing career. I look forward to working with IRUPA.

Commenting on the announcement, IRUPA CEO Omar Hassanein said:

“We’re delighted to announce our partnership with the IMI, there is huge synergy between our organisations.  IRUPA sees education as the cornerstone of player development.  We have developed educational relationships for our members at undergraduate and post graduate level and through our association with the IMI we can now offer current and past players access to world-class executive development programmes.  Professional rugby players display many transferable skills which they take from the training ground to their professional place of work, these attributes such as leadership, dedication and a commitment to excellence are also the keys to the success of IMI and its membership.  The partnership is a significant win for IRUPA and our members.

To apply for the three scholarship places, all eligible IRUPA members are encouraged to visit the IMI website at for more details.

Victor Costello with Alistair Tosh of the IMI and IRUPA CEO, Omar Hassanein.

Victor Costello with Alistair Tosh of the IMI and IRUPA CEO, Omar Hassanein.