Sports Scholars 2016/17 - Shauna Cossens, Women's Football

Posted by nats2 at Jun 27, 2017 09:47 AM |
Find out all about Shauna Cossens fantastic season with the Women's Football Club and Leicester City Ladies!

Name: Shauna Cossensshauna cossens - gold scholar

Studying: Biological Sciences

Sport: Football

Scholarship: Gold

This year I have continued my participation with ULWFC and we have had a very successful season. The first team went unbeaten in the league, scoring over 100 goals and gaining promotion. I managed to score 19 goals this season which is a vast improvement on my tally last year. We then reached the semi-finals of the Cup, the furthest any ULWFC team has ever reached. Our success was sealed during Varsity when we convincingly beat DMU 4-0 to regain the Varsity trophy. As well as our successes on the pitch, the club has had a very successful year off the pitch. We gained more sponsorship than previous years, increased the number of members with the development of a second team, raised over £250 for British Heart Foundation during volunteering week, won the first ever club of the month award and as always took part in the Pride march at University. My part on committee was Social Secretary and Social Media Secretary. From a social media front, I believe I have raised the profile of ULWFC by creating an Instagram page, live updates of games on Twitter and published match reports in the University Paper. The socials have also been very successful with an increased number of individuals at socials than previous years. For our efforts on and off the pitch we were awarded Club of the Year at this year’s Sports Awards.

I was also nominated for Sport’s Woman of the Year after being selected for the English Universities Squad that travelled to Scotland for the Home Nations tournament. Unfortunately we lost out to Scotland on penalties, but it is my aim to be selected again next year and win the tournament. A Great Britain side is selected from all the players at the Home Nations and will take part in the World University Games in Taipei in August. I have applied to be selected for this squad. I have also been nominated Individual Full Maroons by my Club Captain this week.

I also play for Leicester City Women FC in the Northern Premier League, we have had a fantastic season finishing 3rd, a great feat for a newly promoted side. I managed to score 10 goals this season and hoping to increase this to 15 next season. Without the Gold Scholarship this wouldn’t be possible. It costs £300 to play for Leicester City and without the financial help from the scholarship I wouldn’t be able to pay this lumped sum. I also have to pay a £45 contribution to kit, travel expenses to games against West Brom, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, and Derby County and £80 for the four overnight stays. To be selected for the English Universities Squad I had to travel to Hartpury University and Loughborough University for trials. Once selected I had to pay for flights to the Home Nations, costing over £100, travel to and from the airport and £170 contribution towards the accommodation, food and kit. Thankfully the University contributed £100 towards this but it was still an expensive tournament. Without the £500 awarded for the scholarship, I would not have been able to participate. If selected for the World University Games, I will be asked to pay a contribution which has not been decided as of yet.

shauna cossens - leicester city ladies

It is not just the financial support from the scholarship that has allowed me to pursue my footballing aspirations. The one to one sessions with Mark Simmons have increased my fitness but especially have improved my recovery. This year I have trained 3 times and played twice a week, this leaves little time for tough sessions in the gym, instead we have worked on flexibility and recovery. Without this opportunity, I would not be able to recover correctly and maintain performance for both ULWFC and Leicester City. Throughout the season I sustained a hamstring strain, the sessions with Leicester Sports Medicine Clinic allowed me to make a full recovery, without them I would have missed a large part of the season, instead I missed 3 weeks of training. The sports massages also prevented further injury.

The financial and physiological support from the scholarship has allowed me to push myself for Leicester City, improving my standard to be selected for English Universities and hopefully Great Britain in Taipei.

Think you have what it takes to become of the University’s elite sports scholars? Find out more about our programme here. All applications must be submitted by 5pm 29th August 2017.

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