University Awards Scholarship to County Cricketer

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A Senior women’s Worcestershire County Cricket player has been awarded a scholarship by the University of Worcester.

Lauren Rowles, a first year Sports Coaching Science and Development student at the University, also plays cricket for Bristol Phoenix, who she won the South West Women’s League with in 2011.

The University awarded the 19-year-old £200 to help her to continue playing for both teams.

The County Cricketer said: “The money will help me to be able to afford to travel back and forth from Bristol to Worcester and vice versa, during the summer.”

Lauren has been playing cricket for four years and was the first female to be accepted into the Bristol Academy of Sport for cricket.

She also captained Bristol Phoenix Under-17s to victory in the 2009 Europa Cup in Munich and reached the play-offs for the Victorian Premier League with Plenty Valley CC in Melbourne Australia in 2011.

Lauren has also played for Gloucestershire Senior Women’s team, achieving County T20 promotions in 2010 and 2011 and County Division play-offs in 2011 with them.

“After three matches for my club I was called up to my county which at the time was Gloucestershire,” she said.

Her cricketing ambitions go beyond county level; Lauren has already had England indoor trials in 2009.

“I have many ambitions as both player and coach,” she said. “I want to gain more coaching qualifications and as a player I want to play at the highest level of cricket I possibly can.”

Lauren believes scholarships are effective in assisting students in sport and encourages them to apply.

“You get a substantial amount that can enable you to fulfil your ambitions,” she said. “Even if you don’t get the biggest amount available it’s still better than not getting anything at all.”