Megan Belt, who studies Physical Education and Physical Activity and also works full-time as a PE teacher at Kent College, attended this year’s virtual awards on Friday (16 October) and thanked the University for its support.
Megan said: “After just one year being a sports scholar at Christ Church, I have already signed my first ever professional cricket contract and couldn't have done this without the support of the University.
“I would also like to thank Christ Church for all their support in sponsoring the Kent Women's team, without them we wouldn't be where we are now, and I am very proud to say that I go to the University.”
Megan goes to University every Tuesday to attend lectures and working as a PE teacher gives her work experience, but also allows her the time to train.
Speaking on being one of the University’s Sports Scholars, she says this has allowed her to work hard on her fitness as well as the programme providing scope for extra qualifications, in anti-doping in sport for example.
“The sports scholar programme has been amazing for me, it has allowed me to work hard on my fitness by having one-to-one sessions with Guy, the PT at the University and having body composition testing,” she said.
Megan and her team mates (second from right)
“Kent Cricket arranged for me to have these sessions due to the sponsorship that Christ Church has kindly given our women's team. It has been great to attend some of the sports scholar workshops, for example I now have a qualification in anti-doping in sport due to going to a workshop at the university.”
Paul Carney, Director of Sport at Christ Church, said: “Under the circumstances, this year’s awards were a fantastic way to celebrate the club’s on-field achievements. As long-time sponsors of the Kent Women’s team, the awards were a great opportunity to promote the women’s game and acknowledge the successes of some outstanding individuals and a wonderful team.”
“We’re hugely grateful to be part of their celebrations; especially with University student and Sports Scholar, Megan Belt taking two prestigious awards.
“Megan is a fantastic example of the young talent we develop through our Sports Scholarship programme at the University, and we couldn’t be prouder of her achievements during this challenging season.”
The University is committed to supporting student athletes to succeed in both their academic and sporting pursuits, through the Sport Scholarship Programme. The University is recognised by Sport England’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) as a Dual Career Accredited Site which acknowledges an enhanced level of academic flexibility allowing talented athletes to balance their studies alongside a sporting schedule.
You can find a the full list of winners from this year’s Kent Cricket awards here.