Another sporting star is rising brightly from the Moorlands

THE Staffordshire Moorlands has another exciting young rising sporting talent to celebrate.

She's Cheddleton's Jenny Hesketh, who has represented England in two different sports, in between studying at college for her A-levels.

The 18-year-old has earned recognition as Newcastle and Stafford College Group Student Sport Performer of the Year after excelling at both football and rugby.

Such is her dedication to sport, Jenny spent pre-Covid 19 lockdown either training or playing at least five days a week.

The former Westwood College student admits it has been tough fitting in her sporting commitments around taking A-levels in PE, photography and biology at Newcastle College.

“I had breaks between lessons when I would go to the library to do my learning. I had to stay on top of everything,” said Jenny.

She started playing football at around aged nine and later captained a county team.

Jenny has been honing her skills at ex-Stoke City star Andy Griffin's football academy at Newcastle College.

Her heart is now set on focusing on rugby and she has been training alongside international players at women's rugby's number one Premiership side, Loughborough Lightning, as well as the England under-18s squad.

The Covid-19 [coronavirus] pandemic has hit contact sport like women’s football and rugby hard, and sports have only just recently begun making a phased return.

Jenny : “Rugby is such a contact sport, so there’s no way you can play a game without touching someone.”

However, Jenny was determined to keep up her fitness regime during lockdown.

Now she has achieved her A-levels, Jenny is planning to study sports coaching and management at the University of Bath.

However, she intends to find time to continue playing for Leek Town Ladies FC in the West Midlands Women's Regional League.

Jenny is one of the Blues Babes star players and was selected for the England Colleges FA team in February which led to her playing in a tournament in Rome.

“It was a really good experience. Wearing an England badge does feel special,” she said.


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