Welcome to the second edition of our Scholars Q&A! In this weekly feature, we’ll be speaking to a selection of our Team Surrey scholars to hear about their experiences and achievements within university sport and beyond.
In this week’s Q&A, we hear from University of Surrey student and Saracens scrum-half Eloise Hayward…
How have things been going with you recently?
“I’ve been training and playing since June and I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to have this opportunity. Saracens are sitting at the top of the table of the Premier 15s and we’ve got our semi-final coming up this month!”
When and where did your rugby career begin?
“When I was 3 years old, my dad used to coach the Navy rugby union team and my mum is a nurse so she would work weekends. My dad was sick of me running around in his training sessions so the physio set up a little rugby creche for me and some of the others players’ kids!
“Then, we moved to Oman when I was four or five and I played for our local team called Muscat Pirates on sand pitches.”
What are your aims in the sport moving forward?
“I hope to compete in a Six Nations and win the Grand Slam and win a World Cup as well as play for the first ever British Lions team, so no big dreams really…”
How has the university supported you and your sporting endeavours?
“They have been so supportive in helping me have access to the scholars’ gym, sports psychology and even the funding to help me buy equipment I needed in lockdown such as a big tackling ring that my dad enjoyed rolling at me all throughout that time!”
What would you say to prospective students considering Surrey?
“If you want to perform your sport to the highest level and be pushed further whilst studying a degree, then look no further! The staff are so lovely and welcoming; they are always checking in on you and will go above and beyond for you!”
What has been the highlight of your time at Surrey?
“Possibly my first game for the university rugby team where I managed to catch the ball from kick-off and score. The celebrations after that game were crazy and I spent the time getting know the girls who are now some of my best friends.”
Sporting role model? “Anton Dupont and Leticia Bufoni.”
Favourite meal? “Spaghetti Bolognese with a load of cheese and garlic bread.”
Favourite lockdown workout? “I’m a sucker for a cross-fit workout so anything like a murph.”
Favourite song for exercising/training? “Jungle – X Ambassadors and Jay Z.”
Best thing about Surrey? “The coffee shops!!!”