Wasps Move Like A Pro participant wins Premiership Rugby award!

Date: 23 Jul 2018

A Kettering man has been nationally recognised for turning his life around.

Lorry driver Michael Corney, 40, has won the Breakthru Achiever Award at the Premiership Rugby Awards after losing 30cm from his waistline over a 12-week period while on Wasps Rugby Club’s Move Like A Pro programme.

The initiative helps men aged 33 to 50 to lead healthier lifestyles, and out of the 106 men who took part to lose a combined 11 metres from their waistlines, Michael lost the most weight.

Before joining Wasps’ Move Like A Pro programme Michael weighed around 17.5 stone, but through a variety of exercise and nutritional advice, he now weighs 15.5 stone.

“Before joining Move Like A Pro I would never make time for exercise, but I have now introduced simple everyday tasks into my life such as walking the dog or going for a light run, which has improved my confidence,” said Michael.

“Diet has also played a key part as I have a job that involves a lot of sitting down, so cutting out sugary foods and replacing them with the right balance of carbohydrates and protein is important.

“The weight loss has had a positive impact on my wider family as we now do more things together, and I am also now regularly coach the under-7s team at my local rugby club.

“I have proved that by making healthy tweaks to your diet and doing light everyday exercise you can make significant changes to your body and mind, even if your job involves a lot of sitting down.”

A key driver behind Michael’s achievements has been Wasps’ community development officer Jordan Young, who ran the Move Like A Pro programme, and was also shortlisted alongside Michael at the same awards for the Community Coach of the Year category.

The 22-year-old has led and delivered several initiatives that have successfully enriched a variety of people’s lives.

Jordan’s achievements include launching a club called Playing Advantage which enables six to 19-year-olds with a disability to play tag rugby and meet new friends. After 18 months the club now attracts around 35 people every Sunday at King Henry VI School in Coventry.

Jordan has also led delivery of the club’s Project Rugby programme, which has introduced more than 1,500 children in the West Midlands from non-traditional rugby backgrounds into the sport, particularly from ethnic minorities, low socio-economic groups and people with disabilities.

“It is truly inspirational what the Wasps’ community team as a whole has achieved this year by helping to make a difference to different areas of society,” said Jordan.

“Before Playing Advantage was formed there wasn’t anywhere for young people with disabilities to exercise and socialise together, and seeing the club’s growth is really rewarding, as is seeing so many men lose weight and changing their lifestyles.

“It’s important we create a legacy from all of the hard work that myself and other team members have put into these programmes, which has already started to happen with a group of men who are now taking part in their own weekly rugby training sessions at Broadstreet Rugby Club.

“I’m really proud to have been nominated for this award, and is recognition for the Wasps community team as a whole who have done a great job at engaging with 60,000 people over the past year.”

For more information about Wasps’ community activities visit www.wasps.co.uk/community