Press Releases 2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David student invited to meet Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge

18.03.2016

Leif Thobroe, a student at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), recently met The Duke of Cambridge at an event organised by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust at the Principality Stadium.

Prince William, who is vice royal patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and patron of the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, held a reception for 11 injured players and their families prior to the Wales v France game last month.

Leif Thobroe, suffered a spinal injury during a tackle a year ago and since his accident, the trust has been financially supporting him as he studies a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) course at Swansea Business School at UWTSD.

"When I met Prince William, I spoke about the MBA and the Trust.  I was a bit nervous but he came to sit with me and we had a very casual chat – he was very approachable and generous,” says sports enthusiast, Leif.

Established in 1972, the charitable trust supports players who have been severely injured whilst playing rugby union in Wales.

As well as offering practical support, the trust also provides pastoral care and social opportunities for the former players and their families – including supporting Leif financially, enabling him to study for a Masters degree at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

“I lost the use of my right arm following a rugby injury in February 2015 and now have weekly physiotherapy and hydrotherapy sessions,” says Leif. 

“After my injury I decided to enrol on the MBA at UWTSD which I started last September.  It’s fantastic – I’m really enjoying the course and am getting very involved in all aspects of student life, including becoming a Student Ambassador for the University and a Class Representative.”

Members of the teaching staff at Swansea Business School are very proud of Leif and are extremely encouraging as he studies for this highly respected qualification.

“As a sports enthusiast, Leif clearly tries to put to good use the skills he’s learnt both as a player and coach to motivate and help his peers,” says Jayne Williams, one of Leif’s lecturers.

“Approachable and generous with his time, he is always keen to see what he can do to help the people around him whether that’s in a learning situation or ensuring everyone is included in social events. Fun-loving and with a good sense of humour, Leif is a popular member of this year’s MBA group,” she continues.

The MBA that Leif is studying at Swansea Business School is an internationally respected general management qualification, which enhances the skills and competences of experienced managers, but also provides a launch into a management career for more recent graduates.

The Masters in Business Administration helps improve students’ potential to manage and lead organisations effectively through the development of abilities, knowledge and understanding of a wide range of management skills, ideas and theories.  The programme is designed for students from a wide variety of backgrounds who are seeking international career opportunities through the development of their managerial abilities.

Further Information

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07449 998476