NLD are delighted to announce that a member of our Youth Council, Elodie Fleet, has been accepted onto the National Youth Council.
Elodie has been a member of the NLD Youth Council since it was established in 2018, and tells us a bit more about her journey so far.
“A PE teacher asked if I wanted to have the afternoon out of classes to attend a tag rugby tournament; little did I know the impact this would have on the rest of my life!
From there I started at my local club and was soon playing for NLD U15s. Four years on, I was still playing for club/county and decided to try coaching. Doing an apprenticeship in a primary school as a PE and Sport Assistant was my first experience of coaching, and I loved it! The pupils that I was working with had never been exposed to rugby before and being able to offer other children the same opportunity that I had was extremely rewarding. I knew then that I wanted to ensure as many people as possible were able to enjoy rugby without barriers.
When I heard about the NLD Youth Council I knew it was a great opportunity to help me achieve my goals and something I could not pass up! Being apart of this movement has been amazing for my personal and professional development. Throughout my time on the Council I have improved my confidence, public speaking and knowledge of how committees are successfully run. The NLD organisers have always been extremely helpful and supportive of this new initative and as such we were exposed to the National Youth Council.
The support I had received gave me the confidence to apply to be a member of the National Youth Council, and I was successful. I now hope to create a strong bond between the National and CB Councils and continue improving youth rugby at both county and national level.”
Well done Elodie!