Plans to launch women’s rugby team at Telford College

Published: December 2, 2020

A sporty student whose rugby skills have attracted the interest of international scouts has her sights set on creating a new women’s team at Telford College.

Leah Wells, 16, who is studying health and social care at Telford College, started playing rugby at the age of 12, and represented her home county of Leicestershire. 

She said: “Originally, I’m from Leicester, and I was selected to take part in the under 18s county trials. Then England scouts started coming to county matches.”

Leah won the Leicestershire Club Person award and was asked to attend an England training camp session at Loughborough University.

“I met the England Roses but didn’t get in – I’m going to try again in future and I’m considering going back to Wasps as a club team. In the meantime, though, my aim is to start a women’s rugby team here at Telford College.”

Leah said she initially found the college through her father’s work at Capgemini – the company has long-standing links with Telford College.

Leah Wells, who has attracted the interest of England rugby scouts.

“I knew I wanted to work in health and social care, and my aim is to work in a medical dispatch team.

“I’ve always wanted to help people and I eventually want to work my way up to being a technician or a paramedic technician. I want to go home at the end of the day knowing I’ve helped someone.

“I want a career where I’m doing something every day, and helping and supporting the community will help me achieve this.

“My course is really good. It’s the most comfortable I’ve felt in my education and I’ve made new friends really quickly.”