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Im ready to celebrate the end of an enjoyable and successful time at Leicester and prepare for the next chapter

Student Sam Cranswick’s contribution to Team Leicester is a perfect example of how becoming involved with university sport can lead to a number of exciting opportunities both on and off of the pitch.

Receiving his Law LLB this week, Sam shared why sports has been an integral part of his student journey.

He said: “As outgoing President of the men’s rugby union team, the highlight of my participation with Team Leicester was leading the team out at Welford Road in my last game for the University. It was a privilege to captain the side this year, and this was capped off with a 44-0 win over De Montfort in the Varsity game.

“I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with high-ranking members of University staff to work on projects such as the link between Employability & Sport, and also working on the HeForShe campaign.”

In May, the Sport and Active Life team unveiled their new sports kits that include the #HeForShe logo in support of the University’s commitment to the global solidarity movement for gender equality led by UN Women.

“This resulted in direct work alongside the United Nations in both an international student panel and also attending a Global UN Summit meeting held in London this year,” he added.

In June, Sam received the 2018 sporting achievement Student Award for his contribution to both Team Leicester and the wider University community. Throughout the three years of his degree Sam took part in charity work, coaching, and promoting the importance of sport as an extra-curricular activity to supplement a student’s time at University.

“It’s an exciting time,” he said, “I'm ready to celebrate the end of an enjoyable and successful time at Leicester and prepare for the next chapter following graduation.

“I hope to secure a graduate role in the coming months and, if possible, spend some time travelling.”

Matt Weir, Head of Sport & Active Life, added: “Sam has been an inspirational figure during his time with us a Leicester, not only in the important roles he has played within the rugby club, but with his wider contribution to the University. Sam has helped to raise the profile of sport and the role it can play, and I am sure he will now be successful in whatever he does next. We wish him well.”

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