Tackling issues head on
Off the field, I am General Secretary of Rugby Minds. It’s a student-run initiative that was set up by third year economics student and women’s rugby player, Rei Crookes. It’s supported by donations made to the university and our aim is to create positive changes in the rugby clubs. Rei is our rugby ambassador and she’s done a brilliant job bringing together members of the men’s and women’s clubs and intramural sport to address important issues. There can be a negative side to lad culture that can spill over into the wrong type of behaviour. As rugby players, we want to tackle that and move towards a more progressive, inclusive and friendly culture.
Propping up players
Donors to the university really do make a huge difference, not just by giving towards student run initiatives, but also by helping people through scholarships and bursaries. I was lucky enough to get a Martin Wynne-Jones bursary, which was given to me on the premise of exemplary commitment and application to club. It comes with some money so I got a new pair of boots, which I really needed. They’re a really nice pair rather than the bog standard ones I normally buy. I hope that donors know that they are changing people’s lives. It’s so appreciated and it really takes the pressure off me as student.
Into the future
I’ve been lucky enough to play quite well this year and I’ve received some amazing offers to play semi-professional/professional rugby when I graduate. If I’m able to stay in Nottingham, I’m hoping to put the bursary towards some coaching qualifications. I’d like to come back and coach our first XV. I’d also love to help the lower teams. There’s a lot of talent there too.
When you’re in the rugby club, you pick up a torch and carry it with pride. When you graduate, you pass it on to the next generation. By donating, alumni are providing resource to keep the flame going. I really hope that they know what a brilliant thing they are doing and what a positive impact they’re making. People who give back are just amazing and it’s something that I’d love to do when I’m older.”