Monday, 18 February 2013
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.