Former Worcester Sports Student Secures Dream Internship with Harlequins Rugby Club

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A former University of Worcester sports student has secured a “dream” internship with Harlequins Rugby Club.

Robert Nitman will spend a whole season working with the professional players to develop their strength and conditioning, fitness and overall training, as well as assisting with other duties at the Club.

“It’s a dream come true to secure this internship with Harlequins,” said the 24-year-old. “I started playing rugby when I was about seven years old and always wanted to work for a professional club. Harlequins had links with the club I played for as a kid so to get an internship with them is amazing.”

Robert gained a Distinction and two Merits in his BTEC in Sport, Health and Lifestyle before joining the University of Worcester’s Sports Coaching Science degree in 2008. He graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 classification and went on to work as a rugby coach for Malvern College, while also carrying out voluntary work with the University’s men’s rugby squad. In April this year he gained the UK Strength and Conditioning Association’s accreditation.

“I applied for the Harlequins internship two years ago but didn’t get it,” Robert said. “They told me to go and get some more experience, so that’s what I did. I came back to the University and worked with the rugby club, and also with Strength and Conditioning Mentor Marc Scriven. Then I applied again and got in. I couldn’t have done it without the support of the University and my degree.”

Robert, from Worthing in West Sussex, will start his internship next month. “I can’t wait to get going now,” he said. “Hopefully this will put me in an even stronger position in the future to secure a professional role with a rugby club. It gives me a whole year’s worth of working at an elite level.”