Exeter stars train with Truro College students

Exeter stars train with Truro College students

Former Truro College student Michaella Roberts, pictured here in action for Exeter Chiefs against Worcester in the Premier 15’s last year, has been providing top tips to current pupils. Picture: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

12th May 2021

By Gareth Davies

Students at Truro and Penwith College got the opportunity to learn tips from the country’s top athletes when they were recently joined for a training session by the Exeter Chiefs women’s team.

Coaches and players from the team, which was founded in 2019, joined members of the college’s female rugby academy for an exciting training session on the College’s professional rugby pitch.

Head coach Susie Appleby and assistant coach Amy Garnett trained 11 of Truro’s students and four from Callywith for the hour-long session, which included warm up sessions, drills and a touch game.

The students were also joined by three of the team’s top players including prop Laura Delgado, Hooker Emily Tuttosi and Truro College alumni and prop Michaella Roberts, who provided students with some top tips throughout the session.

At the end of the training sessions, the students had the rare opportunity to ask the players and coaches some of their burning questions about the women’s Rugby team.

The players answered insightful questions from the students, including what a typical day in the life was for them, what their nutrition plan looked like, how they stayed motivated in the gym and even answered questions on their journey to becoming part of the Exeter Chiefs women’s team.

Students found the session to be incredibly inspiring, particularly as they had the chance to speak to Michaella, who was a student at the college in 2011.

Michaella, who is originally from Truro and studied the Level 3 Sports Performance Extended Diploma at Truro College, specifically gave the students an insight into her career journey, which has seen her go from playing for a local Newquay team at the age of 15 to representing England at U15, U18 and at Senior level.

On her proudest achievement in the sport, Michaella shared with the students: “Probably scoring a try for England under-20s. It was an incredible feeling afterwards”.

She also shared some of her top advice for the students: “The College is amazing so definitely make the most of the facilities and training here,” she said. “Also, it’s so important to trust the process, it’s there for a reason and always take onboard what your coaches say, they’re there to help you become better players”.

The session with the Exeter Chiefs Women’s team left the students feeling inspired, particularly those who hope to follow in the player’s footsteps.

Student Lucie Mills, who is from Camborne and is studying the Level 3 Extended diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, found the session to be a great insight into the life of a professional player: “The session was amazing and really insightful. I want to pursue Rugby professionally after College so it was great to hear about what the players get up to, particularly hearing about a typical day in the life for them”.