Sporting duo recognised as top performers!



A TRINIDAD and Tobago and Colchester United ladies footballer, and a netball player/coach, have been awarded scholarships to recognise their achievements.

The two PE QTS course students Karissa Rodney, footballer, and Felicity Dickinson, a Hertford Hornets netball player and Back to Netball coach, have each received a £500 Christine Heath Sports Scholarship.

Karissa, a former West Ham United and Dagenham and Redbridge player, originates from East Ham and now lives in Bedford.

Her parents are both from Trinidad and Tobago, and she has represented the nation on several occasions and is hoping to be reselected for the World Cup 2015 qualifiers.

After receiving her scholarship, the 22-year-old said: “It was really nice to be recognised and very rewarding to receive a scholarship with such importance. My focus is on becoming a teacher, so this can only help.”

The scholarship will enable Karissa to continue attending training sessions in Colchester and join the local gym to carry out training with the most appropriate equipment.

Luton Satellite coach, Felicity, who comes from Croydon but now also lives in Bedford, will be using the money for travel and kit costs.

A versatile netballer, who can play goal attack or centre court, Felicity was delighted with the scholarship.

She said: “I wasn’t expecting it at all. Never having applied for a scholarship before, I heard about the Christine Heath scheme and thought maybe I should go for it.

“It will be a really nice thing to have in my CV, so I’m massively happy.”

At the award ceremony striker/winger Karissa was described by her coach, Kevin Anderson director of Colchester United Ladies Team, as a “committed, dedicated, highly-valued member both on and off the pitch, setting fantastic examples in work ethic as well as giving encouragement and support of other players”.

Felicity was described by her Hertford Hornets coach, Sally Close, as being “very committed in all areas of netball”… “She’s willing to work hard and continues to improve. She travels an hour each week to attend training,” Sally said.

  • The Scholarships are presented to sportsmen and women who are competing at a national level.
  • Christine Heath was a student at Bedford between 1951 and 1954 and went on to become a member of staff for many years.
  • She was also the Secretary of the Bedford Physical Education Old Students’ Association for 25 years.
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