He’s been to all four corners of the world, he’s worked with some of the greatest in the game, and his desire to help and achieve is infectious.

For Christian Wade, his career in rugby and in the NFL has taken him beyond what his wildest dreams could ever imagine, but now a free agent, he wants to give something back to help children find their purpose in life.

So, it is fitting that the inaugural ‘Next Gen You’ rugby camp will be led by the rugby player in High Wycombe – the town in which his long and successful career began.

Born in Slough, the 31-year-old moved across the border from Berkshire to Buckinghamshire during his infancy and made the area his home.

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A former Royal Grammar School student, it was at RGS where he began to forge a career in the sport that would be so kind to him.

And even though he admitted to the Bucks Free Press that he didn’t pick up a rugby ball for the first time until he was around 12/13 years of age, the wing player has gone on to have an impressive career, where he has represented his country, along with the Buffalo Bills in the NFL.

Christian Wade during his Wasps days in 2016

Christian Wade during his Wasps days in 2016

Now back on home soil, he exclusively told the BFP he is looking forward to meeting the younger generation at his old stomping ground at the start of August, in which he will lead and attend the whole three days.

He said: “With this camp, I want to bring my whole experience, the principles and the values that I have learnt over the years from the NFL and within rugby, along with coaches who have helped me with my journey along with players who I have looked up to and have played with.

“I love working with people but with kids is better because you can see them soak everything in and I am really excited and buzzing for the three days.

“I really cannot wait.”

A big part of Wade’s success in sport is not just down to the abundance of talent, but down to a support network that has aided him in the right direction.

With a nurturing mother and a motivational father, the rugby player admitted that his teenage years were slightly different to his classmates growing up.

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By the time he was 15, he would be travelling up and down the country for trials and would have sessions with the England youth set up along with doing his schoolwork.

His intense focus and dedication saw him ‘sacrifice’ activities most teenagers would partake in, but the sportsperson, who was also trained by Olympic and Commonwealth runners in Julian Goulding and Darren Campbell, helped him achieve great success in the world of rugby and the NFL.

The wing player and running back also revealed his love for High Wycombe as it was where his sporting journey began.

He continued: “Wycombe has got a special place in my heart.

“Most of my family and friends are here, I grew up here and I don’t have anything bad to say about Wycombe as Wycombe was good to me as a child and as a young man.

“But from the age of 15, I was pretty much a professional.

“I was training every day, doing stuff with Wasps, travelling up and down to do trials and was having sessions with England so my childhood was slightly different to others.

“I didn’t go on holidays to Zante or places like that even though I was asked.

“And even though I wanted to go because everyone else did, I was so focused on my career.

“They didn’t tease me about it, but they wouldn’t ask me because they know I wouldn’t go.

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“We would talk about it and sometimes it would have been fun to have gone, but they and I knew I had bigger stuff to do, and I am so grateful for having a really good support network around me.

“There were people who I knew when I was younger that had the potential but didn’t have the support network, so things ended up being different.”

The training camp that has been organised by the former athlete will take place between August 2 and August 4 for children aged 12 and 16-years-old.

And every child who attends the camp will get a free ‘Next Gen You’ t-shirt with the company’s slogan ‘Feel good, play good, game ready’ printed on the back.

For more information email rugbycamp@nextgenyou.org or visit www.nextgenyou.org.