"Under her own admission, Abi had a lot of aggression when she started RugbyWorks and the sessions helped her to release this each week. Despite her struggles, she threw herself into everything and began to focus on the future which culminated in her winning the Most Improved Young Person at our 2016 Awards. I’m so pleased that Abi has secured her apprenticeship – she has a real talent and a bright future ahead of her".

Will, London Coach, Dallaglio RugbyWorks

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Having joined RugbyWorks in 2014, Abigail is one of our first young people to complete the programme’s newly added third year of one-on-one mentoring. You may remember her case study in last year’s report.

Initially shy yet angry, Abigail worked hard to control her emotions during the first two years, while her coaches gently encouraged her passion for jewellery-making. In 2016, her dreams were realised as she became an apprentice at Goldsmiths, the UK’s largest quality jeweller.

Since then, Abigail and her coach have continued to work together to develop her self-belief, including taking to the stage to talk in front of 600 guests at RugbyWorks’ prestigious 8Rocks event – a daunting moment for anyone.

Abigail’s career is blooming at Goldsmiths, she’s running workshops for the public and she’s just displayed her designs at a three-week arts fair. As she looks to the future and plans her own successful jewellery range, her school challenges are now distant, if painful, memories. But it’s not the end of her RugbyWorks relationship. Abigail’s just received her very first commission: a wedding ring for her coach and mentor.

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