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National Finnish American Football Player Secures Scholarship

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An American Football player, who plays for the national team of Finland, has been awarded £250 from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel.

Okko Outinen, whose hometown is Helsinki, is a second-year Environmental Science student at the University.

The 23-year-old sports talent has been playing the sport professionally for three years now and has received of a number of awards, including the All-stars Defensive Unit Award from the Maple League and Rookie of the Year award from the Vantaan Taft Finnish team, just after his first season.

He said: “It feels great to be awarded a scholarship for something that you are good at doing in your spare time. I am very grateful that the University is supporting me with this scholarship, which I will use to buy a new helmet for better protection.”

Okko is juggling his studies with playing for three teams – the National American Football team of Finland, Vantaan Taft and the University of Worcester team.

He said: “It is quite hard to manage doing my university work and playing for Finnish teams. I take longer Easter and Christmas breaks, so that I can attend the main events back home. I am very lucky that the new season starts in May, when I will be finishing my academic year and I will play for Finland during the summer.”

Students can apply to the scholarship scheme at two points in the year (1st December and 1st March) for up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, ie music or arts, or towards course-related activities.

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