Kelly Bourne, a second year Sports and Exercise Psychology student, has recently been awarded one of three Edge Hill University Sports Scholarships at Gold standard.
Having taken part in sports from a young age, Kelly has shown a continued commitment through her engagement in a wide range of sporting opportunities. To name a few; from age 9-17, she captained the CYP (Clubs for Young People) team in which she led the team in four national tournaments. Later, whilst in secondary school, Kelly was then scouted by Cardiff City Football Club and performed at elite level, competing with representatives from Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur . As well as other key indicators of her excellence in sport, Kelly also was invited to take part in an under 19s Welsh National Team Training programme. Through this, she had the opportunity to play in a number of key international tournaments.
Since being at Edge Hill University, Kelly has also played in the Welsh Premier League, in which her team progressed to play in the EUFA Champions League in Bosnia. Kelly is now an established player at Blackburn Rovers Football Club.
In receiving her scholarship, Kelly commented:
“I am very pleased to be one of only three students to receive the gold award. This is down to my participation in football, for my club (Cardiff City FC and Blackburn Rovers) and country (Wales). It goes to show that if you have a long term goal that you have your mind set on, and you are prepared to overcome the short term goals such as time, effort and commitment, your hard work and determination will enable you to achieve”.