As a rugby league player, it is necessary to take the required steps for life after the pitch.
Preparing for a career after playing the sport can be difficult and some struggle to find a niche that they can explore for the rest of their working life.
However, for others, they are determined to achieve qualifications that will set them up for life.
One such man is former Castleford Tigers, Hull KR and Leigh Centurions forward Kevin Larroyer.
Whilst life on the field has been rather fruitful for the Frenchman, he has also set aside goals to go further once he has retired.
In doing so, Larroyer has earned himself a degree in Sports Business Managament – graduating with First-Class honours all while playing at the top level for Castleford.
Now, though, the 32-year-old is going one step further and attempting to attain an MSc in Strategic Sport Marketing at Leeds Beckett University.
Not only that, but Larroyer has documented his daily life as a university student, outlining his business plan journey for the road ahead with Sport Business Management students at the university.
Honoured and privileged to stand in front of @leedsbeckett Ba Hons Sport Business Management students to share my business plan journey.
Thanks Dr Abdullah Faruq for having me and your ongoing support.
— Kevin Larroyer (@KevinLarroyer) November 30, 2021
Commenting on progressing to postgraduate study, Kevin told the Leeds Beckett University website: “I’m excited to start studying again.
“Like many others, I had a tough time during lockdown trying to be a player, a dad, a partner, a student, and homeschooling!
“But it was during this time that I realised having a masters degree alongside my work experience would really help make me stand out in the job market.”