Thursday, 14 May 2009
A Sports Science student at the University of Worcester will coach children’s tag rugby in Africa this summer, thanks to help from the University’s Sports Scholarship Scheme.
Nineteen-year-old Jenny Mills, from Stourbridge, will go on a three-week-long tour of Uganda where she will coach a team of children and lead them to compete in a tag rugby tournament.
Jenny, who plays hooker for Worcester Ladies in the RFUW Premiership, has been awarded £750 towards the tour by the University’s Scholarship Panel and is currently working hard to raise the remaining £350.
She said: “I’ve got so much out of rugby in the nine years I’ve been playing and it would be great to give something back, especially to children who have so little.”
The rugby camp will be based in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, and the tourists will be assigned to coach school teams in Kampala, Mbale or Jinja.
Jenny was inspired to take part in the tour after hearing stories from a friend who went on a previous tour to India with the Tag Rugby Development Trust. She said: “My friend came back from India with some incredible stories and after seeing the pictures on the website, I decided to apply for the Ugandan tour.”
To make a donation to Jenny’s tour visit the website www.justgiving.com/jeninuganda
The University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel has awarded £19,500 to 40 students this academic year, which is the second year of the Scholarship Scheme.
In 2007/08 £12,000 was awarded to 17 students. Students can apply to the 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, i.e. music or arts, or towards course-related activities.