Iconic Health Clubs aim to keep rugby players healthy and happy!

Iconic Health Clubs have become the official wellbeing partner of the Irish Rugby Union Players Association (IRUPA). The group will help to keep the players fit, healthy and happy as they make the transition from being full-time players and start new careers off the rugby pitch by providing them with full access to the group’s health clubs in Dublin. Iconic Health Clubs comprises of three groups of gyms: 1escape, ICON Health club, and The Dartry Health Club.

Their modern gyms in Dublin have the latest, state of the art equipment and facilities, and the players will be able to use the gym of their choice as part of a structured wellbeing programme that aims to help them adjust to life after their playing careers.


Former Ireland and Munster player Alan Quinlan spoke about the partnership: “It’s great for IRUPA to team up with someone like Iconic Health Clubs. Player Wellbeing is at the forefront of every player who retires from the game so to have such fantastic facilities available for us to use is great for both the mind and body”

Alan Quinlan with his son AJ (age 6) and mermaid Demi pictured at the launch of New swimming lessons in DARTRY HEALTH CLUB.  Pic Patrick O'Leary NO REPRO FEE

Alan Quinlan with his son AJ (age 6) and mermaid Demi pictured at the launch of New swimming lessons in DARTRY HEALTH CLUB.

The Irish Rugby Union Players Association said they were delighted to welcome the Iconic Health Clubs as their official player wellbeing partner and said they were looking forward to working with the team to support their players. IRUPA see their corporate wellbeing programme as an effective and practical way of investing in the future of their players, and one that can help them to avoid some of the difficulties that former rugby players have had to face once they quit the game.

IRUPA CEO Omar Hassanein said: “Some of the health concerns experienced by retired players include having to cope with injuries sustained during their playing careers, and also experiencing stress-related issues due to a lifestyle transition.”

The sudden loss of a fixed routine and a sharp reduction in regular exercise can also have strong biological side-effects. Players get used to daily doses of serotonin through training over many years, and if the exercise suddenly decreases or stops altogether, it can cause a huge upset to the chemistry of the body, and affect how the athlete feels.

Hassanein added that giving the players the opportunity to train regularly at their choice of Iconic Health Clubs was an effective way of supporting them in their transition and reducing some of the factors that ex-players have struggled with in retirement.

Ciara Lefroy Sales and marketing director for Iconic Health Clubs said they were thrilled to become the IRUPA’s official wellbeing partner and were confident that the players would appreciate the facilities at their gym and health clubs in Dublin. She added: “It’s an honour for us to play an important part in looking after the continued wellbeing of players at the end of their career, by making our gyms available to them at a time and place that suits them. Making the change from full time athlete can be hard, but regular exercise is a great way to make the transition easier. Regular workouts contribute to both our physical and mental health.”