A-level results 2020: Sports star Jenny is set to scrum down at university



Rising star Jenny Hesketh has represented England in two different sports while studying for her A-levels.

The 18-year-old, from Cheddleton, excels in both football and rugby. And pre-lockdown, she would spend at least five days a week either training or playing matches.

She admits it was tough to fit her sporting commitments round taking A-levels in PE, photography and biology at Newcastle College.

Jenny said: “I had breaks between lessons when I would go to the library to do my learning. I had to stay on top of everything.”

She first started playing football aged around nine and later captained a county team. Through college, she has been part of the Andy Griffin academy.

Then in February, Jenny was selected for the England Colleges FA team. She got to show off her skills in a tournament in Rome.

“It was a really good experience. Wearing an England badge does feel special,” she said.

But her heart is now set on focusing on rugby and she has been training with both Loughborough Lions and the England under-18s squad.

“Loughborough Lions is a Premier club and I was training with 10 internationals and 10 women who represent their country. It was a good opportunity.”

The coronavirus pandemic has hit competitive sport particularly badly and women’s football and rugby are facing a phased return.

She added: “Rugby is such a contact sport, so there’s no way you can play a game without touching someone.”

But Jenny has managed to keep up her fitness regime during lockdown.

Now she has achieved her A-levels, she is planning to study sports coaching and management at the University of Bath.

But she will still be returning to North Staffordshire after being signed for Leek Ladies.





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