Twins Combine Sport and Study with Scholarship

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Twins, Laura and Rebecca Tildesley, are combining their love of netball with a degree after securing sports scholarships at the University of Worcester.

The sisters, who both play at regional level for West Midlands Warriors, as well as for Dudley Leisure Netball Club, have joined a group of elite athletes at the University who receive additional support to nurture their sporting talent and combine it with their academic studies.

They joined the University last month after completing A-levels at Ace Academy in Tipton (Laura) and Birmingham Metropolitan College in Stourbridge (Rebecca).

Laura is now studying for a degree in Sports Studies, while Rebecca is studying Sports Therapy.

We have been involved in netball since we were really young as our mom plays, said 18-year-old Laura. We wanted to go to a university where we could continue with our netball and get our degree and Worcester was the best option for us.

The University of Worcester has a top-flight netball programme and for the past two years has hosted the national Netball Superleague finals at the University of Worcester Arena.

Last year the University womens first and second netball teams were undefeated, with the first team securing promotion to division 1A and the second team promoted to division 4A.

Rebecca said: We are really happy to be studying at Worcester and are looking forward to all the extra support we will get as part of the scholarship. Its an exciting time for us.

As well as financial assistance, the scholarship gives the twins access to individual Strength & Conditioning sessions, fitness testing, sports therapy, nutrition & lifestyle workshops and High Performance Student Athlete Mentors.

University of Worcester Director of Netball, Sheli Morgan, said: I am really delighted to welcome Laura and Becky to our squad. We have some really excellent players joining us this year.

I am certain that some have come to study here largely because of the quality of our netball. The calibre of player being attracted to the University of Worcester is growing year on year and it is exciting to think where we can go on such strong foundations.