ALL GOOD MANNERS AT WESTS TIGERS
By Wayne Cousins
Monday, 1 March 2010
Wests Tigers players today underwent a session of a different kind to help them with life off the field.
Following a request by Wests Tigers Football Manager Alan Mair, the NRL squad took part in a networking and etiquette presentation at Concord Oval.
Conducted by Anna Musson from Good Manners - the ‘Modern Manners’ expert for Channel Seven’s “The Morning Show” - the presentation covered topics such as entering a room with confidence, how to introduce yourself correctly, how to leave a function properly, to dress codes and the rules for stylish dressing.
Wests Tigers centre Blake Ayshford (pictured) found the presentation very informative on the eve of the club’s season launch on Friday, March 5.
“Instead of saying ‘how are you’, it is ‘how you do’. There is a certain rule as to how you introduce people. It is little things like that that can help us as players,’’ Ayshford said.
Wests Tigers CEO Stephen Humphreys said it was important the players learn the correct etiquette procedures.
“Putting players in a room with sponsors is a foreign environment for them, so for us to be able to give them some comfort and confidence about how to deal with that situation will help them enormously,’’ Humphreys said.
“The players were very keen to do the presentation because the last thing they want to do is to feel embarrass in those kind of situations.”
Humphreys said he was proud of the strong culture the club has and its clean image in the community.
“Culture is about leadership and Tim Sheens deserves a lot of credit for creating the right culture here and our senior players have carried that on,’’ he said.
“We are about respecting that and building on it. This is important because when you look at sponsorship, that’s what people are looking for.
“We have put in plenty of work for our season launch and we want to launch it really well and I’m sure our players will conduct themselves very professionally.”
Wests Tigers take classes on being gentlemen
- Paul Kent
- From: The Daily Telegraph
- March 02, 2010 12:00AM
YOU pause briefly at the door, button your coat, and then walk into the room with confidence and purpose, walking a straight line across to the bar.
Think Sean Connery in a tuxedo. Daniel Craig for the young 'uns.
Why, Anna Musson asked, would you walk straight through a room like that instead of ambling around the doorway, maybe pulling out your phone and talking to your girlfriend, or getting into a huddle with your mates?
What would your answer be?
The question was put to the Wests Tigers players yesterday as the club, which ought to be praised, sought to redress the terrible imbalance that has afflicted the modern footballer.
Namely, their social skills are dead and partly decomposed.
As they pondered the question a player held up his hand, slightly uncertainly it must be said, and figured he knew why you would walk a straight line across the room.
“To show you haven’t had too much to drink?”
Whatever her commission, etiquette consultant Musson just doubled it.
“No,” she said, “it says I know what I’m doing, I’m confident, I’m happy to be here.”
In a session lasting almost an hour, Musson, with wonderful patience, took the Tigers through a variety of social situations and explained how a gentleman would act.
It is a proactive step from the club to address what has been one of the game’s modern failures.
How do players, many of whom have no social interaction with the wider public, behave in public?
“For guys like me and Chris Heighington, who had to work and not come straight out of school into the system, we’re aware of what’s acceptable,” centre Beau Ryan said.
“It’s the guys who come out of school straight into the system and who haven’t had a taste of what the media and public are like who have a problem.”
Unfortunately, this lack of social interaction means many players are insecure in social situations, the result often meaning they over-compensate with wildly inappropriate behaviour.
In a changing world, though, it is no longer just unacceptable, but unpalatable.
So the NRL, led by the Tigers, are looking to haul themselves back to community standards.
“At the end of the day we’re just footballers,” Ryan said.
"But we’re still part of society.
"You have got to have a mature respect for everyone. That’s where young guys get into a bit of trouble, they think they’re indestructible.
“Days like today can only help.”
It is good that the Tigers are doing it. It is a pity the game needs it.
But it is so necessary every club should follow the Tigers’ lead.
“With the year rugby league had last year the only way is up,” Ryan said. “In terms of off-the-field issues, it wasn’t great.”
So they learned how to address a woman, that their first drink must always be a clear liquid, that you cover your mouth with your hand when you yawn, as Jason Schirnack so painfully learned.
“It’s just manners,” said Liam Fulton. “We should know a lot more probably than what we do.”
What a waste of time. We don’t want to turn them into posh princes.
It doesn’t matter who they’re dealing with, just be civil and polite. Don’t be an ocker, bogan.
Many years ago I did a TAFE course and they tried to get us to do this and they got someone in special for it and expected us all to talk with a received pronunciation like we were all high and mighty - thankfully I had an interview to go to and didn’t have to put up with it.