Rugby star returns to Northampton to support University students in 2011
Published Tuesday 25th January 2011
England rugby star Ben Cohen is turning his sporting magic on The University of Northampton this year.
Ben is joining Acting classes and taking part in a week dedicated to equality and diversity.
The Northampton born father of two and former Saints player, who now plays for the premiership side Sale Sharks, recently coached the University's boys and girls teams. He has also joined in some Acting classes held by the School of The Arts and will be a guest speaker at the University's week-long Diversity Festival in March.
Ben Cohen said:
"I am really enjoying working with the University in a variety of ways. As a strong advocate of equality and mutual respect for all, I am looking forward to taking part in the University's Diversity Festival. It coincides with the launch of the Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour for 2011 which is taking place in the UK (April) and the USA (May)."I am working with gay/gay-friendly rugby clubs on both sides of the Atlantic promoting a positive message of acceptance for all. The Tour gives hope to those who may be struggling with their own sexuality, doubts and emotions and raises awareness of the issues they have to face."
Bob Morsley, Project Manager for the University's Estates Team and a friend of Ben Cohen's, added:
"Ben is studying for his rugby coaching certificate so by working with the University he is both helping and also benefiting, by gaining valuable experience. It is wonderful to have Ben onboard, who is an inspiration to staff and students alike."