RARE  RISINGSTARS 2012 The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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No. 3


Layla Guscoth

University of Oxford
BM BCh Medicine
Layla Guscoth

Layla Guscoth treats netballs like days: she seizes every single one.

Her natural talent for the sport was spotted by a PE teacher at school, and Layla soon became one of the youngest women ever to be selected for the Birmingham County Academy. After being selected at 14 as a wild card for the England trials, she began playing for her country at the junior level.

Today, Layla is a member of the senior England team and has successfully captained both the Under 17s and Under 21s national teams, leading the younger group to victory in the 2008 European Championships.

�At my level in sport, work becomes synonymous with play. But it�s worth it.�

In 2011, Layla was awarded Player of the Match in the Fiat Netball Super League Championships after her regional team, the Hertfordshire Mavericks, secured a victory in front of a 1000-strong crowd. In the same year, she was also selected by the England team to go on tour to Jamaica and was made a reserve for the World Championships squad after just a few weeks as a senior member.

Alarmed that many netball training camps tend to be set up in affluent areas and knowing that she would not have been playing for England without financial support from her family, Layla decided to volunteer with Shout Netball, an initiative bringing netball to underprivileged young people who wouldn�t otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the sport.

�I want to make sure that top sporting talent isn�t lost along the way because of finances.�

With all of her sporting commitments, the straight A* GCSE and A level student was able to achieve a distinction in her first year examinations and is now a Scholar in receipt of an annual financial award for the remainder of her time at Oxford.

Layla looks forward to qualifying as a paediatrician one day and continuing to serve her community both on and off the court.

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