In 2015, Dyldam Parramatta Eels second-rower David Gower has expanded his role as a mentor and ambassador for young players and apprentices in the NRL.
Gower’s nomination by the Blue and Gold for the 2015 NRL Educational Team of the Year is in recognition of the extra time he dedicates throughout the season encouraging aspiring NRL stars in particular to plan for their professional and educational futures.
The former NSW Apprentice of the Year is also the Parramatta Eels Education Ambassador, a leader in the Trade Up program, a workshop facilitator in the NRL’s social responsibility courses and the Eels’ player representative on the Parramatta Education and Welfare Committee.
“I think it’s a big part of the game (education and training),” Gower said.
“The young guys especially need to understand that rugby league isn’t always a 10-12 year career and it’s hard to make it. It’s not a job that everyone can do.”
“You’ve got to make sure off the field is settled, and when off the field is settled generally you’re a lot more settled on the field and you can play some good footy.”
Gower is currently completing his Cert IV in Career Development while commencing articulation into a Marketing Degree building on existing his Trade and Management qualifications.