- Surrey college gives Michaela beauty tips
- Touch rugby sessions for Kingston students
Photo: RFU Archive
Michaela Staniford, the England Women’s sevens captain, visited a pilot project in Surrey that is looking at ways to encourage new players into the game – and received a spot of enjoyable pampering into the bargain.
Staniford’s visit took her to meet the Hair and Beauty students at Kingston College where they discussed the similarities between the students’ dedication to their passion in beauty and Michaela’s own in rugby.
The aim of the session was to demonstrate that rugby is a sport for everyone and that even the game’s superstars have something in common with any possible new player. The next step for the students was for them to get their trainers on and head out to the pitch for some touch rugby.
Then followed Staniford’s well-deserved pampering after her part in England’s win at the Marriott London Sevens with a wash and blow dry, during which she shared more of her experiences and the benefits of playing rugby.
Louise Meadows, RFU Community Rugby Coach, helped organise the get-together and said: “There are so many stereotypes around female rugby players that we are always keen to challenge and break down.
“Allowing so-called ‘non-sporty’ girls to get to know elite athletes like Michaela shows them that they actually have a lot in common.”
Louise will be leading sessions every Thursday as part of the Kingston College Active campaign that brings new free sport and physical activity opportunities to the college.