England women’s rugby star Nolli Waterman, who has played in four Rugby World Cups and the Olympic Games, has become Laureus’ first women’s rugby Ambassador. Nolli got straight to work in her new role by visiting the Laureus-supported School of Hard Knocks girls rugby programme in South East London.
Nolli spent time engaging and mentoring the young girls during their gym activity, before heading out to the rugby pitch and encouraging them to fulfil their potential both in sport and in life. The young girls at School of Hard Knocks use the sport of rugby to re-engage with their school work, build confidence and increase self-esteem.
Winning her first England cap at the age of 18 in 2003, Nolli has since gone on to feature in four rugby world cups, won 82 caps and scored 47 tries for her country. Her greatest success with England was becoming World Champion in 2014. Nolli also represented Team GB In the rugby sevens competition at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Working with over 160 programmes worldwide, Laureus Sport for Good uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, proving that sport can change the world. One of Sport for Good’s six key focus areas is to address women and girls in sport, encouraging equality, building confidence and promoting empowerment.
School of Hard Knocks uses the sport of rugby to change lives across the UK. In London, with the support of Laureus Sport for Good, School of Hard Knocks delivers a long-term schools intervention programme which helps the most at-risk students to complete mainstream education. Students identified by their school are supported in recognising and overcoming challenges that lead to truancy or disruptive behaviour through weekly mentoring and rugby sessions.