Fran Williams - Balancing my time as a student and netballer

Fran Williams will be writing a monthly column with The Netball Show throughout the 2019 season.

In this second edition she discusses juggling her responsibilities as a student and the first half of the Vitality Netball Superleague season with Wasps Netball.

*Published before Strathclyde Sirens fixture on Wednesday 6 March

It’s been a busy time of late for me and a reminder of how challenging it can be balancing my time as an athlete as well as being a student at University of Birmingham.

We’ve covered a lot of miles travelling in our first six Wasps Netball games this season, with five games away from Ricoh Arena.

But now we have a three-match stint at home, which is a huge bonus for me, because it gives me chance to spend a bit more time at university – particularly in the library!

I’m in the middle of my exam period at the moment and not having to travel to away games means I can concentrate on my lectures and seminars in the build-up to my exams.

I decided this year to split my degree after getting onto the full-time England Roses programme, which has helped me to manage my university and netball balance a little better.

Everyone at university has been really accommodating, recognising my sport commitments and ensuring I have been able to fit in all of my Wasps training alongside lectures.