Student Hoping for World Cup Selection After Receiving University Scholarship

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A University of Worcester student hoping to represent her country in a World Cup later this year has been awarded a University Scholarship.

Jess Ward, who plays cricket for the Welsh women’s team, has been awarded the financial scholarship to allow her to chase her dream of selection for the Wales squad for the Indoor Cricket World Cup, which will take place in New Zealand in October.

She has been awarded funds by the University of Worcester Scholarship Panel, which aims to benefit students who undertake extra-curricular activities in areas such as sport, music and the arts.

Jess, who is from Telford, has been part of the Welsh set-up for some years, and has already travelled to places such as South Africa and Dubai for World Cup events.

On her ambition to add New Zealand to that list, she says: “My ambition is to continue playing at this level for a number of years to come, and secure selection for the World Cup in October.”

She will use the money to help fund travel to and from national team training sessions in Cardiff and Bristol, and says that the Scholarship award will make life easier as she looks to juggle study and sport in the lead up to the World Cup.

“I am very grateful to have received this Scholarship from the University of Worcester,” explains Jess, who is studying Cricket Coaching and Management. “It is a struggle to pay for my training sessions, but the Scholarship I have received will make things a lot easier.

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to the University, as without this money I don’t think I would have been able to attend all of my training sessions.”

The University’s Scholarship Panel consider each applicant, with the next deadline for submission on March 1st 2014.