Kirsty, known to her teammates as ‘KD’, joined Birmingham Moseley Women’s Rugby Club in 2017, and became an integral part of the team and a fantastic player, but a traumatic back injury meant that she could no longer play the sport.

In January 2019, Kirsty suffered a horrific incident during a match and broke her back. She spent the weeks that followed in hospital undergoing surgeries and had extensive physiotherapy. While Kirsty may not be able to play rugby again, she regained mobility in her legs which is a testament to her determination and strength of character.

During her recovery, she missed playing rugby and seeing the girls so much that she decided to take on the role of Team Manager to stay involved in the club. She immersed herself into the role, managing the entire running of the club, and becoming a second mother to every member of the team.

She arranges everything: training sessions and matches, books referees, arranges equipment and kit, confirms player attendance and sorts transportation.

Kirsty has been known to arrive at the club at 8am in torrential rain on a match day morning to fork the pitch, making sure the surface is playable so the match can go ahead. She then cleans and sets up the changing rooms before each match, and is also the most vocal of supporters on the side line, providing masses of encouragement for everyone.

She never expects help from anyone else, yet will always go the extra mile for the team. Kirsty’s care, commitment, and proactive nature has seen Birmingham Moseley Women’s RFC go from strength to strength.