Quartet of Sports stars receive scholarship award

Quartet of Sports stars receive scholarship award

Four students at the Wey Valley School have been recognised for their sporting excellence with scholarship awards to further support their participation at regional and national levels.


Lauren Holder, Emily Seymour, Grace Morgan and Megan Hunter have each received the school scholarship award for Basketball, Taekwondo, Football and Swimming respectively. The students will receive a scholarship grant to go towards their training.

Marie Claridge, Head of PE at Wey Valley said: “Lauren, Emily, Grace and Megan are all dedicated sportswomen who have represented their respective sports at local and regional level with aspirations to go further. The school is pleased to support them as they are exceptional role models for their fellow students at Wey Valley.”

Lauren, in Year 10 is on the school’s Gifted & Talented programme and plays basketball for Weymouth Huskies and has sights on the ‘Nationals’ at the start of next season.  Lauren said, ‘I play regularly in an Adult team with trips to Exeter and I thoroughly enjoy the sport – I have been voted player of the match and have aims to go further in this great sport’.

Emily also in Year 10, has been competing at Tae Kwon do for 4 years and sparring for just over a year. Emily said, ‘I really enjoy Tae Kwon Do and love helping teach the lower belts.  I have moved up the belts to black tag and I am hoping to be able to take my black belt grading this year.  I train for 2 hours per week but regularly practice outside of training sessions.  I am very passionate about Tae Kwon Do and will continue to work hard until my competitions start in April’.

Grace in Year 10, travels to Bournemouth three times per week for training.  Grace has also played in the national futsal festival twice in Birmingham coming in the top 5 in the country on both occasions.  Grace added, ‘I played for Bournemouth against teams from Swansea, Plymouth, Exeter and Northampton and appeared on Sky Sports whilst also training for Bournemouth.  I have played for Dorset and invited to attend the south region international trial at Thatcham’. 

Megan in Year 7, swims for the Tornadoes Swimming Club, based on Portland, training three nights a week for a total of 5 hours. Megan is currently in the transition group for national/performance squad and competes for the club at novice league and junior league. Megan added, ‘I was selected for the Arena league, competing at level 2 and 3 competitions at Swindon, Weston super mare and Millfield School and achieved silverware at last year’s galas’. Megan’s aim is to compete at national swimming levels soon.  

Sara Adams, Principal at the Wey Valley School added, ‘I am really pleased for Lauren, Emily, Grace and Megan – the Scholarship Award recognises their dedication, passion and excellence in their sport. They are incredibly passionate about their sport and are great role models for their peers in school; I am sure they will all go far in their sport’.