Monday, 13 January 2014
A potential future star of Scottish rugby has been awarded a scholarship by the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel.
Worcester student Sam Thomson, who is originally from Strathblane in Stirlingshire, has been awarded funds to help him pay for travel, kit and other expenses associated with his promising career, after he was recently named in his country’s 32-man squad for the Under 20 Six Nations tournament.
Sam will train alongside his team-mates this month, before Scotland get their tournament underway with a game against Ireland on January 31.
“The money will benefit me greatly,” Sam explains. “I’ve been playing rugby since I was eight, and once I hit the age of about 15, I really started to focus a lot of my time and effort on the sport.
“In the coming weeks, I will be fighting for a starting spot for the Six Nations tournament, then once that is over, I hope to travel with the squad to New Zealand for this summer’s Junior World Cup. Long term, I’d love to be able to continue playing rugby and see where it takes me.”
The University Scholarship Panel aims to benefit students who undertake extra-curricular activities in areas such as sport, music and the arts, as well as volunteering projects. Each applicant is considered, with the next deadline for submission March 1.