Team-i teamwork and leadership programmes

The teamwork secrets and strategy of elite sport can be transferred to your business thanks to a new, innovative course being launched by a South West training company.

Kai Horstmann, leading Exeter Chiefs player and a veteran of over 200 top flight games of rugby, will head up a brand new series of training courses for business which gives an insight into the teamwork and planning strategies of his career and how they can be applied to the workplace.

Kai said: “I am truly excited to be launching this series of training programmes, which will emphasise the importance of having fun and working hard as a team to build success in business.

“I have been fortunate enough to play in some successful teams whose culture and planning strategies have led to success on the field, none more so than my proudest moment when I played in the Exeter Chiefs’ Aviva Premiership winning side at Twickenham in May.

“A successful on-field team in rugby can only be achieved through proper planning and teamwork. There is no doubt these skills and strategies can be transferred to business and I look forward to helping firms build a bright future based on the experience I have.”

As well as using rugby for references of exceptional teamwork and leadership, Team-i are also working with British World Champion and Olympic silver medallist, Modern Pentathlete Samantha Murray. Sam gives unique insight into teamwork and planning strategies from her career  and demonstrates how these principles can be integrated into your business. On signing up with Team-i, Sam said:

“I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing people during my career as an elite athlete, and I really look forward to sharing some of the secrets to my success.

“An athlete is only successful with the support and backup of a fantastic off-field team. This teamwork requires through planning and preparation. I believe there is no doubt that these skills and strategies can be transferred to business and I look forward to helping firms build a bright future based on the experience I have.”

Ensure your business is one of the first to benefit from the Talent working hard together formula. Contact Team-I Director Tim Thurston now for an exclusive preview presentation of the range of course options open to you.







Contact details:


Mobile: 07793 264611



About Team-i

Tim Thurston

  • Experienced Managing Director
  • Business Leader
  • Led and developed teams to success
  • Developed people
  • Henley and Cranfield trained
  • Qualified Coach


Read how Team-i came together in an interview with Team-i Founder, Tim Thurston

Kai Horstmann

  • Played in over 200 Premiership and European rugby games
  • Aviva Premiership winner
  • Represented England Saxons and 7’s
  • Captained professional rugby teams
  • Acted as Players’ spokesman
  • Worked with leading coaches
  • Qualified coach
  • Business owner

Samantha Murray

  •  Modern Pentathlete
  • World Champion in 2014
  • Olympic Silver Medallist at London 2012
  • Graduate from Bath university in Politics and French
  • Established speak and presenter

Ollie Atkins

  • Played in over 60 professional games
  • Super rugby with Waratahs in Australia
  • Pro 12 with Edinburgh
  • Aviva Premiership winner with Exeter Chiefs
  • Represented Scotland A
  • Captained rugby teams
  • Mentor for young players
  • Worked with leading coaches
  • BA in Economics from Sydney

         Charlie Sharples

  • Played in over 240 professional games
  • Represented England
  • European Challenge Cup winner with Gloucester
  • BA in Leadership and Management
    • Players representative

Carl Rimmer

  • Played in over 100 Premiership and European rugby games
  • Aviva Premiership winner
  • Worked with leading coaches
  • Coaching experience
  • Qualifying as a quantity surveyor

Steve Perryman MBE

  • Experienced football Manager: Tottenham Hotspurs, Watford and in Japan

    Steve Perryman MBE Tottenham Hotspurs Exeter City has joined Team-i as a Trainer bringing new expertise
    Steve Perryman MBE Tottenham Hotspurs Exeter City has joined Team-i as a Trainer
  • Director of football at Exeter City
  • Nurtured and managed talent
  • Capped for England
  • Captained Spurs to UEFA, FA and League cup success
  • Played over 866 games for Spurs – a club record
  • Football writers player of the year in 1982

Andy Cooper

  • Experienced senior manager
  • Editor with 30 years experience in regional and national press
  • Managed significant change
  • Led teams to success
  • Developed content strategies embracing digital and social media



Marcus Jones

  • Experienced Managing & Commercial Director
  • Qualified Executive Coach and Mentor
  • Cerebral Performance Empowerment
  • Large & Strategic Account Excellence
  • Henley Management College trained

Our Courses

The courses – entitled Talent working hard together – will give rarely seen insight into the planning and preparation Kai has experienced in his playing career. Working with training and brand strategy company Thurston Cooper Associates, Kai has now distilled that experience into a bespoke training programme for business.

  • Areas covered by the suite of courses on offer include:
    • the secrets behind successful teams
    • ensuring roles, engagement and culture are right
    • leadership styles and strategies which work
    • empowering the workforce
    • effective motivation techniques
    • flexible decision-making done well
    • strategies for ongoing business success
    • getting planning and preparation right
    • clear-minded analysis and use of data
    • using ongoing planning and progress to build the business

Courses are offered through a series of five modules, which compound learning. The modules may be bought individually, or as a package. Keynote speeches and a half day teamwork session are also available.



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