THE UNIVERSITY of Hertfordshire is reaping the rewards of attracting golfing talent Freddie Russell to its sports scholarship scheme.

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Freddie, a first year sports studies student with a handicap of -1, uses the University’s facilities and partnership with Brocket Hall Golf Club to develop his game.

The 20-year-old, originally from Banwell in Somerset, said: “The scholarship has helped me enormously with fitness. Before, I struggled with flexibility which was affecting my swing.

“Thanks to the scholarship I got a workout plan from Performance Hertfordshire and used the fantastic facilities at Herts Sports Village to work with the plan and improve.”

Success has already been achieved this year by Freddie and the rest of the University of Hertfordshire Mixed Golf Team.

They lifted the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) South Eastern Conference Cup and the BUCS South Eastern League Tier 2b. As a result, the team, who train and play their home games at Mid Herts Golf Club, have been promoted to BUCS South Eastern League Tier 1.

Injury almost prevented Freddie from competing in the events, however further assistance from the scholarship helped him to recover, he added: “I received physiotherapy for a recent neck injury and without that I might not have been able to compete in the finals.

“It’s been a great start to the season for me individually and the team had the best season we could have hoped for.

“The team’s result this year was fantastic and wouldn’t have been possible without the organisation of team captain, Rob Griffiths who got us a team for each match. If we can do the same next year and hopefully get some fresh talent to replace those who are leaving, then we should do well.”

The ultimate aim for Freddie is to turn professional, with the scholarship’s help and continued support from the University he hopes his dream will be realised.

“Brocket has been fantastic for helping my swing stay warm during the winter. I use it two-three hours a day, six days a week and it has all the facilities required to take my game to the next level,” he said.

“Three years of hard work there will hopefully get me to a position where I can consider turning pro, but to do this requires help in all areas as well as backing and hard work from other individuals, and that is something that the University of Hertfordshire has provided!”

Brocket Hall Golf Club head professional James Fuller is fully behind the initiative, he added: “We at Brocket Hall are proud to support the University of Herts sports scholarship scheme; the investment in young talent and the ideal facilities to hone a player’s game has reaped both the benefits and the rewards.

“We are so pleased for Freddie and the University of Hertfordshire for this amazing achievement.”

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