Rachel's Scot Talent - NTU student represents Scotland in both Hockey and Rugby

NTU Sport Scholar, Rachel Malcolm, has now represented Scotland in both Hockey and Rugby

Rachel Malcolm is a Hockey Scholar at Nottingham Trent, studying a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science.

Malcolm is a crucial part of the 1st team squad, highlighted in this week’s BUCS fixture where she scored a great goal against the University of Birmingham. However, it is not just on the pitch where she assists her teammates, as part of her PhD course requires her to lecture those studying Sport and Exercise Science off the pitch.

The talented student-athlete played Hockey for Scotland from U17s through to U21s, whilst playing National League for Loughborough for seven seasons, leading the team for six of those.

It may be hard to imagine that Malcolm would have any time left after the demands of a PhD alongside Hockey, but Hockey isn’t the only sport she excels in - she is also making a name for herself in Women’s Rugby.

It was the start of last season when Malcolm decided to take up Rugby, but she wasn’t ready to give up Hockey just yet. This meant that her weekends consisted of National League Hockey on a Saturday, and Rugby on a Sunday. After a season juggling both sports each weekend, not to mention her PhD work on top of this, Malcolm decided to concentrate on Rugby and therefore stop playing for Loughborough.

This has turned out to be a great move for Malcolm, as she recently made her full international debut for the Scottish Ladies Rugby team during their World Cup qualifying matches against Spain. She also currently plays for Lichfield Ladies in the Women’s Premiership, with fellow NTU Sport Scholar, Becky Noon.

Understandably, the Head of Hockey here at NTU, Colin Clarke, was eager to keep Malcolm involved in Hockey. Therefore he offered her the chance to play midweek BUCS fixtures for the University, whilst still playing Rugby on the weekends. Clarke commented:

“When I realised Rachel Malcolm was at NTU undertaking a PhD, it was an opportunity I couldn’t let go as she is an extremely talented athlete. Her knowledge, experience and skill has had a huge impact with the Ladies 1st XI, and through our Scholarship programme, we have been able to support her successful pursuit towards representing Scotland at Rugby.”

The Sport Scholarship assists with Malcolm’s training, by providing funding, strength and conditioning support, and access to physiotherapy. Malcolm is thankful to NTU for giving her this support, as she said:

“I’m really lucky that NTU Scholarship programme is able to help me compete in both hockey and rugby.”

NTU provide the perfect environment for her to excel at both sports, as it is essential she prepares her body for the varying demands placed on her during both Hockey and Rugby.

At NTU we are very proud to have such a talented all-rounded athlete, and we wish her every success with both Rugby and Hockey.

Rachel's Scot Talent - NTU student represents Scotland in both Hockey and Rugby

Published on 9 December 2016
  • Category: Sport

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