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Wilson delivers big game speech to students

NOTTINGHAM Rugby captain Brent Wilson has worked on his big game speech by giving students from Central College Nottingham a pep talk.

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GO GET 'EM: Nottingham Rugby captain Brent Wilson (centre) with Aimee Farmery (L) and Ryan Lord (R) and Central College Nottingham teammates.

The team of 26 bound for the British Colleges Sport National Championships in Bath today (March 22) is the biggest contingent to come from Central in three years.

Wilson, who also coaches Midlands 4 outfit Nottingham Corsairs, recently visited athletes at the West Bridgford campus. With Corsairs helping send students to the University of Bath for the three-day event, it was another show of support by the Lady Bay-based club.

And with Wilson preparing to lead the Green and Whites in tonight's top-of-the-table Championship clash against Newcastle at Meadow Lane (7.45pm kick-off), the Kiwi was only too happy to share his insight into how to prepare for the big occasion.

Central Sport Academy Manager John Widdowson, who is Nottingham Rugby's Academy Director, said the amazing growth and added support of the team ahead of the largest annual national multi-sports championships of its kind in the United Kingdom is a proud moment for all involved.

And with Students Aimee Farmery (football) and Ryan Lord (hockey) captaining the East Midlands region, it is a landmark moment for the college.

"Over the past three years we have introduced a talent identification process and have moved the Sport Academy Programme towards becoming more player centered," Widdowson said.

"The football girls and hockey guys have missed out the last couple of years, so this is a great moment for them."

Farmery is excited about leading the East Midlands team during the opening ceremony which will see more than 2,000 students from 11 different regions across the UK come together to kick-off the event.

Her captaincy goes beyond her efforts on the pitch, with Farmery volunteering more than 250 hours for sports development in Nottinghamshire.

"Getting to the tournament itself is just an amazing achievement and I's excited for that," she said.

"To be told that I would captain the East Midland was unbelievable and really is the icing on the cake."

Lord added: "All the hard work by everyone has really paid off. It's going to be a big moment for all of us."


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