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Ten elite sportsmen and women receive awards to help them develop in their sports while studying

25 January 2013 Main content

Ten elite sportsmen and women have been given the opportunity to develop in their sports while studying for a degree thanks to Glyndŵr University.

Cricket, squash, netball, rugby league, rugby union and football players all received sports awards from the Wrexham-based university.

An athlete, motor cross competitor and a Welsh international sports acrobat also received financial help in the 2012/13 academic year.

Glyndŵr University offers five sports scholarships and five sports bursaries each year to support the development of elite athletes while they carry out their studies on any of the university’s undergraduate degrees.

Support includes free sports kit, access to the university’s fitness suite and free expert sports science advice. Scholarship awardees also receive £500 to assist with costs related to their sport.

Anna-Marie Brown, sports manager for Glyndŵr University, said: “We’re proud to be able to support a string of talented athletes across a wide range of sports while they complete their studies here.

“We recognise that sport is a key part of university life and the time, dedication and cost involved for those competing at an elite level.

“All of our sports scholars are tremendous ambassadors for the university and we look forward to them achieving continued success in both their studies and competitive competition.”

Glyndŵr University’s 2012/13 Sports Scholarship recipients are:

•    William Harrison, of Shrewsbury, a first year sports and exercise sciences student who competes at a national level in Motor Cross. He has been racing in the sport for four years and quickly progressed from junior to expert level within the Amateur Motorcross Association (AMCA).

•    Ashleigh Lavender, of Broughton, a first year sports coaching student, who finished first in the 2011 Welsh Championships for Sports Acrobatics.

•    Cricketer Elliot Green, of Shrewsbury, a former member of Worcestershire County Cricket Club Academy who currently plays for Shropshire. Elliot recently had a trial for the Indian Premier League and is in the first year of a sports coaching degree.

•    North Wales Crusaders rugby league player Christiaan Roets, a first year BSc Computing student from Acton, Wrexham. Christiaan is a member of the Wales Rugby League national squad.

•    Hannah Davies, a second year BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Sciences student from Coedpoeth, Wrexham. Hannah is currently the Welsh ladies number 3 in squash and a former European under 19s number 2.

Recipients of sports bursary awards are:

•    First year BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching student Chloe Jones, a Welsh 400m champion in the U20s age group in athletics. Chloe is from Eyton, Wrexham.

•    Rugby Union player David Blackwell, a third year BSc (Hons) sports coaching student. David, from Wrexham, currently plays for Macclesfield RUFC in National League One.

•    Netball player Emily Rebecca Roberts, from Minera, Wrexham. Emily runs her own junior netball club and plays for and coaches the university’s netball team. She is a Welsh Netball high performance umpire, which allows her to umpire Netball Super League games. Emily is in the final year of a sports coaching degree at Glyndŵr University.

•    Football referee Ashley Jones, of Penycae. Ashley is a second year sports and exercise sciences student and part of the Football Association of Wales’ Elite development scheme. He aims to become a FIFA assistant by the age of 24 and a FIFA referee by the age of 28.

•    Natasha Turner, a first year education and childhood studies student from Johnstown, Wrexham. Natasha is due to attend trials for the Under 21s Welsh netball squad in March 2013.

All of the university’s sports scholars recently attended a celebratory lunch with the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott.

More information about Glyndŵr University ‘s sports scholarship and bursaries scheme, including how to apply, is available online.

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