Grace Field, a L6 student has been selected to represent the England Women’s Student Rugby League team for 2014. This is an excellent achievement and represents the first step on the ladder to gaining full representative honours with the England Women’s Team.
Grace started going to rugby league training at the tender age of 6 when her Dad’s friend asked her to go to keep his son company. She quickly became addicted to the sport and has been playing ever since, starting with Oulton Raiders then moving to Castleford Panthers where she played through junior girls and open age. Grace now plays centre with Featherstone Rovers.
She got her chance with the England team by pestering her coach to organise a trial and, following two tough and very competitive trials in March she received the good news from Peter Brooke the RFL Education Officer.
All the players in the team will now receive advanced training starting this week end at Crompton College Widness, and then compete in the Associations Cup against England Lionesses, GB Teachers and the Combined Services.
Ms Pattison head of the PE department in college said “Grace is a hardworking student in the PE department with her determination and self-discipline from the rugby pitch also shining through in her studies – we are incredibly proud of her for being acknowledged at national level and wish her every success in the England students’ team.”
When Grace first started playing, girls’ rugby was a less popular sport but it has now been taken up by Sports England a government initiative, as one of the sports they are investing in and developing.
Congratulation Grace for this magnificent achievement and good luck with the training.