Cowley student Emma Davies is busy combining her studies at Cowley Sixth Form with ambitions of becoming a professional rugby player.
The Year 13 pupil is currently mixing her Nurse Cadetship studies with playing rugby, both league and union, for a number of the country’s top clubs.
Emma spends most evenings and weekends on the rugby pitch, training and playing for Liverpool St Helens, Sale Sharks and Wigan Warriors, while she has also been selected as captain of the Lancashire County rugby union team.
She explained how it all started: “My dad is a rugby coach so I started playing rugby union about four years ago and really enjoy it.”
Having started as a hobby, her blossoming rugby career has taken off as two of the country’s biggest clubs have spotted her talents.
Emma has been at the Sale Sharks Centre of Excellence, whilst she has also crossed codes to join the Wigan Warriors Academy.
Discussing playing both rugby union and now rugby league, Emma said: “I was scouted by Wigan through playing union and I played my first game for them a few weeks ago.
“I train most evenings, mixing Liverpool St Helens, Sale and Wigan, so it’s a busy schedule!
“I’m serious about the sport and would love to make it as a professional, either union or league.”
Emma is one of the students on Cowley Sixth Form’s popular Nursing Cadetship course, having arrived from Haydock High School.
As well as career ambitions as a professional sports person, she says she would also like to become a PE teacher or sports coach.
“I have really enjoyed the Nursing course at Cowley,” she says. “I feel really supported by the teachers and the work placement aspect of the course has given me some great work experience to take forward.”