Talented rugby league player and former student Charlotte Hill has praised Warrington & Vale Royal College for its part in helping her to secure a spot in St Helens RFC’s women’s Super League team.
Charlotte is making history with Saints Women, having debuted in their 40-0 win over York City Knights.
The 18-year-old, from Newton-le-Willows, completed the level 3 rugby league course at Warrington & Vale Royal College, run in partnership with Warrington Wolves.
Charlotte said: “It feels really good to be a part of the Saints team. I feel proud that as a woman in sport, I’ve got this far and at quite a young age. I definitely wouldn’t want to be at any other team. It’s a lot of commitment but it’s worth it on game day when you’re selected and you’re on the field with your teammates. Sometimes it’s mentally tough, but I love it.”
Last year, former Great Sankey High School pupil Charlotte was selected for Lancashire’s Under 19s team – scoring a try in her debut game – after making a name for herself at Thatto Heath Crusaders.
Charlotte added: “I really do think that Warrington & Vale Royal College has helped me massively, especially with the work on the course being so specific to rugby – that was really helpful and taught me lots of little things that I didn’t know. Being one of the only girls on the course also really helped as it pushed me to toughen up and gain confidence as well.”
Before enrolling at Warrington & Vale Royal College, Charlotte had stopped playing rugby but the course helped her to rediscover her passion.
She added: “I absolutely love playing rugby – it’s my life – and I got so many amazing opportunities through Warrington & Vale Royal College. I was one of two girls from the college who went for trials for England. I would never have had that opportunity if it wasn’t for the college.
“The college is also the reason I started playing at Thatto Heath Crusaders so without it, I might not have started back and wouldn’t be where I am now!”
To find out more about the opportunities available at Warrington & Vale Royal College, come to our open evening on Wednesday 27th June, 5.30 PM – 8.00 PM at our Winsford campus.