We’re delighted to announce that FirstPoint USA client, Henry Foster, has confirmed his place and is headed for Central Washington University this Fall. Hailing from Yorkshire, Henry is a former pupil of Hymers College, Hull and a current student at Sedbergh School.
Henry tells us that he has been playing rugby from the age of 8; but as he also played football at this time, it wasn’t until the age of 14 that Henry shifted his sole focus to rugby. Since then, Henry states that he has played for Yorkshire County U17s & U18s; has been involved in the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy Programme for U17s & U18s; and has played for Sedbergh 1st team, who have recently had an unbeaten season. Winning the Daily Mail Trophy in their 15’s season, being the Rosslyn Park 7’s 2018 U18 cup winners, and the Sedbergh National Super 10’s Tournament winners – completing a national treble!
With a fantastic number of sporting accolades under his belt already, we asked Henry to tell us about his favourite sporting memory to date. He told us, “Personally, I think it has to be my final school season, of all three 15’s, 7’s, and 10’s; but if I had to pin-point it, I would say winning the Rosslyn Park 7’s. It is something that every schoolboy rugby player dreams of doing throughout his school career, especially in their final year.”
Moving across the world to continue your studies and pursue your sport is a massive decision; we asked Henry how he knew this was the right move for him:
“I believe that there is a lot more opportunity to excel in the States, and it’s also a place, I believe, I will be able to better myself as a student. I will be in a completely different working environment to that which I am used to and therefore, I will be able to make the most of it – let alone to mention the huge variety of facilities that will be available to me.”
Having now committed to CWU, Henry tells us that from the first point of contact, the school seemed to tick all the boxes. Their location, facilities, varsity rugby programme, coach and schedule all appealed to Henry, and made the decision to confirm his spot on the Wildcats roster that bit easier.
Upon beginning his life as a student-athlete, Henry states that he is most looking forward to challenging himself. Stating, “I know I will be coming up against/training with very good athletes. With this in mind, I am also looking forward to taking what I know about the game into the team, to help us progress forwards – not just throughout the time that I am there, but for the seasons that come after me as well. Being a student-athlete, to me, means that I can have the confidence in myself to do well, and I will have surrounded myself with people who want to do well for themselves.”
Finally, we asked Henry where he sees himself being in 10 years’ time. He told us, if the professional rugby route were to arise, it is not something he would cancel out of the equation whatsoever. However, if not, Henry states he hopes to utilise the degree that he will have earned whilst being a student-athlete, to enter the world of business.
We’d like to thank Henry for catching up with us. We’ll keep you updated on Henry's progress throughout the scholarship process across our various social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.