Kate Nicholls

Kate Nicholls is the head coach of Witney Wolves, a special educational needs (SEN) rugby team. The team offers touch and tag rugby to SEN players of a range of ages. One mother, whose son has been playing with the Wolves for several years, said: “He is severely disabled but plays rugby with all his heart and soul… He wakes up with a smile on his face because he will be playing rugby with his friends.” Conscious that lockdown would be a particularly hard time for her players, Nicholls ran virtual sessions in her garden with her three sons, who all also play rugby. Last year, she was selected to coach a session in front of England head coach Eddie Jones, as a recognition of her volunteering efforts.