Meet our Sport Scholar… George Colebourne!

This week, we’re getting to know our sport scholar, George Colebourne a little bit better!


Rugby Union player, George, has recently been selected for the Lancashire U20s squad after competing for his home club, Firwood Waterloo RFC for a number of years and previously competing for the Lancashire U18s squad.

Off the pitch, George is based at our Cheshire campus, studying Exercise and Sport Science.

We spoke to George about how he got involved with his sport and the biggest influences on his life.

What is the highest level at which you have ever competed ?

Previously I’ve competed for Lancashire U18s and in the ASSE league, but I’m looking forward to competing with the Lancashire U20s squad.”

What are your greatest sporting achievements?

“Captaining the college team against Portugal U17s and being a finalist in Portugal at the youth festival.”

How did you get involved with your sport?

“My interest in rugby began after watching my brother play from a young age.”

Why did you choose to study your course?

“I chose Exercise and Sport Science as sport is a major part of my life.  I think it will give me a greater insight into my sport, while providing me with career opportunities in the future.”

What are your future ambitions and aspirations?

“After my playing career is over I hope to move on into coaching and one day be the head coach at a club.”

Who has had the biggest influence on your life?

“For me, as well as most other English flay halfs, Jonny Wilkinson will always have be a big influence for me.”

What is the best part about being a high performance athlete?

“Being surrounded by the sporting lifestyle and being able to play with and against quality players who enjoy the sport.”

What advice would you give to a young athlete?

“Take every opportunity you can, because if you win you could be a hero.”

Thanks George!

Applications for our 2016/17 sport scholarship programme are now open.  To find out more about our sport scholars and how to apply, visit our website.

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