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Why I’ve walked away from the sport I live for

September saw the start of the new rugby season. A time which I’m usually desperate for after the summer break. This year, however, it’s felt very bittersweet. With the Olympics and Paralympics now over, I should have been clinging to the excitement of the rugby season to help fill that void (read about my post-Olympics withdrawal).

The start of the 2016/17 rugby season though has only served to remind me that a few months ago I decided to step away from my role within the sport for the first time in 12 years. In that 12 year period, I have coached in 3 different countries, obtained 2 coaching certificates, attended numerous child welfare and first aid courses as well as regular CPD sessions and coaching conferences, coached quite literally hundreds of children and adults, and taken on more than just coaching roles as fixtures secretary, mini & junior secretary, fundraiser, and event organiser. This time last year, I also undertook a once in a lifetime opportunity as a match management volunteer during the Rugby World Cup. I did all of this for my absolute love of this sport; for everything I believe this sport can bring to people; and for the wonderful things it has brought to my life.

rugby world cup, rugby union, twickenham

So why, when I live and breathe this incredible sport, have I decided that this season enough is enough? Continue reading…

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Suffering from Olympics withdrawal

It’s been a long, tough week. Why, you ask? Because I’m having serious Olympics withdrawal. From staying up all night watching the opening, having coverage on the office television every afternoon, running 3 devices at a time every evening so I could watch as many different events as possible, setting my alarm to wake up in the middle of the night to watch Mo Farah win another gold, and generally just being completely obsessed; 16 days have never passed so quickly.

This isn’t a one-off for me. I absolutely love sports and always have. I’ve always played sport, I’ve coached rugby for 12 years, I’ll literally watch and support anything that’s competitive. So whilst I am gutted that the Olympics is over for another 4 years, there’s Continue reading…


Dream come true

I’ve written before about the voluntary work I’m involved with for this year’s Rugby World Cup but we’re now just 53 days away from the start of the tournament and my excitement levels have hit a crazy high.

On Friday I received my schedule and it is incredible. The only Twickenham game I’m not working is England v Australia but that’s ok because it gives me a weekend off to relax and watch the match with friends instead.

My first shift is in 51 days as I’m needed a couple of days before the tournament starts for an induction and to help with the set up ahead of the Opening Ceremony and first game and yes, I now have a countdown calendar to tick off each day.

I also spent the weekend in Continue reading…


Sports Management – year 3

Last Friday was my final assignment hand-in which means that, for me, uni is over. There is nothing more I can do to contribute towards my degree; I just have to wait for my results in July and graduation in September. It is a very strange feeling. Although I’ve had a busy week with work, something has just felt odd. As if I’m forgetting something – here’s hoping I’m not!

Anyway, this is my Year 3 course round-up (I’ve already written about Year 1 and Year 2) to give you my thoughts on my final year studying for a BA in Sports Management at UCB.

Year 3

Modules: Strategic Management, Development and Innovation in Sport, International Marketing, International Sports Environment, Research Project/Dissertation Continue reading…