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Laura Marsh

Laura Marsh

2009, what a year!

Most international sportsmen and women dream of playing in World Cups and competing at the highest level. In 2009 I played a leading role in the winning of two Cricket World Cups, an Ashes victory, a series whitewash of the old enemy Australia as part of the England team who were also nominated for BBC Sports Personality ‘Team of the Year’ award. It doesn’t get much better than that for someone whose life is dedicated to international sport. These achievements came as a result of many other significant moments that occurred earlier on in my development both as a person and a sportswoman.

My journey began back in 1989 as a 3-year-old kindergarten pupil at Skippers Hill.

It was evident from a very young age that I had the potential to be good at sport and Skippers was the perfect environment to execute my sporting talents. The opportunities I received were endless. I played netball, hockey, cricket and football, (not only with the girls but also with the boys), athletics, swimming, and gymnastics and even found time for a little ballet! There was never a time when I was not thinking about sport, and the staff at Skippers Hill were quick to recognise my pre-occupation. A funny memory for both myself and my mum and dad was a comment they received at a parents evening. Tim Lewis, who at the time was my English teacher, said ‘Laura seems a little distracted at times. Her body is in the classroom but her mind is out on the sports field!’ He couldn’t have been more accurate! But rather than quelling my passion Tim and his team were encouraging and enthusiastic, and facilitated a great environment to learn new skills and develop my natural ability.

The friendly and family-knit atmosphere that Skippers Hill creates was ideal. The opportunities and experiences I encountered gave me the perfect platform to build on in the future and enabled me to gain the following achievements: National U13 Javelin champion and U13 County level Cricket and Hockey. These achievements combined with a natural all-round sporting ability provided me with a strong case from which to move forward onto College after my common entrance exams. Skippers Hill played a considerable role in helping me gain a sports scholarship to Brighton College and from Brighton College being offered a place at Loughborough University studying Sports Science with Management. This year involves a series tour to India, a Twenty Twenty World Cup in the West Indies and a home series against New Zealand this summer. Hopefully we can continue our winning form. When I’m not on England duty I also coach junior cricket on a 1:1 basis and for small groups.

I will always been extremely grateful for the role that my teachers at Skippers played in helping me to realise my ambition. Whether your passion is sport, drama, music or academic studies there surely can’t be a better place to start you on the road to realising your dreams.

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