'Time to get off the bus' – A visit from Rugby League’s Jamie Peacock

On 28 October 2014, NTU was proud to play host to a visit from Rugby League legend Jamie Peacock. He attended the university to talk to students and staff about his road to the top and what it takes to become a top athlete.

On 28 October 2014, NTU was proud to play host to a visit from Rugby League legend Jamie Peacock. He attended the University to talk to students and staff about his road to the top and what it takes to become a top athlete.

Rugby League players from both NTU and The University of Nottingham were invited, alongside coaches and sports staff, to attend a presentation and question and answer session with the international athlete, an amazing opportunity set up by a partner of NTU Sport.

Peacock began his career when he signed for Bradford Bulls in 1996. It wasn't until 1999 however that he made his debut for the 1st team after several years of hard work. He went on to captain the club, leading them to a Grand Final victory in 2003. In 2006 he made the move back to his hometown club, Leeds Rhinos, where he revelled in every success, claiming caps for England, Great Britain and bringing home trophy's in all major competitions. He captained England for over seven years before finally hanging up his boots, announcing his retirement from International Rugby League in June 2012.

Shortly after his retirement was announced, Peacock received an invitation to Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE for his services to Rugby League. A prestigious and rare award that honoured his sporting career.

Since stepping down from international competitions, Peacock has travelled around the country to give talks to students and players, like our own, on what it takes to make it to the top.

His presentation entitled 'No White Flags' walked the audience through his five step plan for going all the way. Peacock explained the steps in detail, outlining how they helped him achieve his goals with a realistic approach.

Firstly he spoke of the importance of attitude. He approached every single training session with the determination to apply 100% to everything he was instructed to do. For example when running a 400m race he spoke of teammates that would run 390 metres at 100% whereas his strict mentality forced him to apply 100% effort to the entire 400m. By coaching himself mentally this improved his skills in both training and game play.

Peacock believes that it was not his pure talent that got him to where he is today but it was his capability at enhancing what talent he did possess. He pushed himself to always go the extra mile, believing that to be extraordinary you need to go above and beyond what is expected of you.

His example of this was in the form of a five mile run. Whether there was rain or snow, Peacock ensured that this did not falter his strict training regime, reminding himself that even on Christmas day when his fellow players would be taking a break from training, in order to succeed as a player he had to go above everyone else, making sure that each year he continued to do a regular five mile run even on Christmas day. He told our audience of a quote "there is very little traffic on the extra mile" that highlighted his approach perfectly.

Peacock went on to discuss his other approaches to the sport, informing our audience of how he always set realistic and achievable goals. An interesting note to consider was the impact of negativity in his life. After a brutal loss while playing for the Bradford Bulls, Jamie Peacock experienced harsh backlash from fans, it was this that ignited a campaign as captain to rid the team of all negative influences and focus on the positives. It was this campaign that led the team to win 13 consecutive games and lead them to a Grand Final victory.

Peacock's inspiring talk was a perfect setting for any aspiring athletes. For those in the audience with little knowledge on Rugby League itself, his presentation taught all the personal and mental traits needed for an athlete to work themselves to the top without constricting them to a particular sport.

It was only once the question and answer session began that the passion for Rugby League came about. Players from both Nottingham Universities jumped at the chance to grill their sporting role model on all things Rugby League. Peacock was more than happy to answer, leaving the audience full with satisfaction.

Peacock supplied our coaches, athletes and staff with the correct attitude and inspiration for us to go on and apply to all sports here in Nottingham.

'Time to get off the bus' – A visit from Rugby League’s Jamie Peacock

Published on 5 November 2014
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