Holly Hammond

“3 years ago I hated all sports and exercise because I got really badly bullied so I had to do something about it . One day we had England women scrum half Leanne Riley come into our school with a local club to do a lunchtime session with us. I really enjoyed it so that evening I went home and told my mum and dad that I wanted to play rugby, so my mum signed me up for the 2 pre-season dates I could attend. I really enjoyed it and could be myself when I was playing. 

So I started the season we had 3 coaches ,one I really got on with Laurisa and one I really didn’t get on with but he didn’t like me either. Everyone knew when I was annoyed at him because I crossed my arm and stuck my foot out. At the end of the season I had to make a big decision, do I quit playing or find a new club. 

So I went and found a new club and I’m so happy I did. My teammates welcomed me and the coaches push you to be the best version of you. So after starting rugby the bullying didn’t stop but less people were bullying me. But the reason I carried on playing was because I made a promise to someone and I can’t break my promise. 

So overall 3 people inspired me to play rugby, Leanne, Laurisa and Chloe, and I thank all of them. Me and Laurisa became good family friends and she still gives me a confidence boost as well.”

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