Building Cultural Bridges Through Sports with Apollo Perelini

Updated: Dec 10, 2021

Unlocking Cultural Agility with Marco Blankenburgh presents Building Cultural Bridges Through Sports with Apollo Perelini

Join Apollo Perelini and Marco as they explore the bridge building power of rugby across cultures.

Apollo Perelini is a former professional dual-code international rugby union and rugby league footballer. Now he is the High Performance Manager of the United Arab Emirates’ Rugby Federation. In 2021, he organized the first-ever friendly match with the national rugby teams of Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

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In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The role culture plays in sports: from the players’ culture they bring with them, to the team culture they join, to the culture of the sport as a whole.

  • What being a high-performance team really means.

  • How sports can be used to bridge the most divisive cultural gaps.


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