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International Ambitions for Worcester Centurion

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One University of Worcester student has been using the summer break to great effect – achieving a sporting milestone which will potentially take her one step closer to her international dream.

Sport and PE student Thea Brookes, who began her third year at the University of Worcester this week, plays cricket for Worcestershire CCC’s women’s first XI, and the all-rounder recently hit the first century of her senior career.

That came in a limited-overs clash with Wales, and Thea is hopeful that the ton, combined with her position as the county’s leading wicket taker for last season, will see her force her way into the England reckoning sooner rather than later.

“At the moment I’m involved with the England Development Pathway,” the 20 year-old explains. “Put simply, that is the third level of the international system, after the national squad and the Academy.

“I’ve played cricket since I was about four or five years old, so it’s always been an ambition for me to play internationally. Hopefully, given some of the performances I’ve put in this year, my name is in the frame.”

As well as possessing realistic international cricket ambitions, Thea is also heavily involved with netball at the University of Worcester, chairing the Netball Society and working at the University of Worcester Arena.

The new venue, specifically designed to host top level able-bodied and disabled sport, has allowed the University to enhance its reputation as a leading sporting institution.

Thea says: “The opportunities in terms of sport are endless now. As a netball team, we are going from one training session a week to five, and the University is really increasing its focus on the sport, which is great.

“But the Arena is so inclusive and diverse – a number of different sports will benefit. The new students coming here in September have a very exciting few years ahead of them.

“One of the most rewarding things I’ve done at university was having the opportunity to coach disabled children at the University of Worcester Arena. They were so eager and enthusiastic – they were a joy to coach and the University’s commitment to disability sport has made me strongly consider a career in this field.”

For information on courses at University of Worcester visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk