I have played rugby for 12 years, 5 years at Kettering i had a brilliant introduction to rugby, being the only girl in the team. I am now on my 5th year at Northampton (captain) in an all girls team, as i was granted a special dispensation at the age of 12 to play U15s. Then onto representative rugby: the East midlands team (captain) for the last four years, three years in the Midlands Academy (captain) and I have been selected for England Talent Development Group of which I have been training with all year.  I have reached the highest level in my sport and now wish to pursue my dream and passion through into Loughborough college alongside studying mathematics. 

It gives me great satisfaction in being able to give something back, by assisting coaching the girl teams at KRFC- where those dreams and passion all began.

Loughborough College have offered me a place on their 'high performance programme' one of only fourteen 'elite athlete' places. This is such a fantastic opportunity to develop and learn and I am completely looking forward to the new skills I will be  practising. However due to the large fee that comes with the accommodation and all the kit, (approximately £6,000 per annum) I am appealing for assistance in being able to take up this 'one-off' opportunity.

Alike camaraderie, high standards of work and dedication- commitment, in my opinion, is not just on the pitch.Time, energy and effort is well divided and reflected in both my studies and sporting endeavours.Academically, education is of utmost importance.

I enjoy everything about rugby, and would like to follow this career path.My England Talent Development Coach, James Cooper, states:

"Ellie was involved in the Midlands U15 squad last season (2015/16) which put her in the top 120 players for her age group national. From her performances in the Midlands u15 games and camps Ellie was selected into the Midlands Talent Development Group (TDG) that train on a monthly basis throughout the year. Being in the TDG means Ellie is in the top 12 players in the Midlands and top 40 players nationally at U15 level. Off the back of Ellie’s work and development she was successful in being selected into the Midlands U18 squad in 2017, despite only being 15 years old"

This is what Chris Parr, the AASE womens rugby coordinator at Loughborough College, also had to say:

“Ellie is an aspiring, young rugby player who has represented the Midlands region this season, as well as previous seasons. She is an excellent tighthead prop who has the potential to continue and excel beyond her current level. By studying at Loughborough College and being part of the High Performance program she will have the increased training time and facilities to help her achieve her sporting and academic goals, as a dual-career athlete. Ellie has demonstrated an excellent work ethic through her continued dedication to training; she will often seek feedback on how she can improve and shows a great desire to take on board any points offered by her coaches.  I’m looking forward to working with Ellie and helping her take the next steps in her rugby and academic career.”

Thank you for taking time to read my appeal.