Stuart Lancaster, the head coach of the national team for the England Rugby team in the Rugby Union has been granted an honorary degree from the Leeds Metropolitan University during their summer graduation ceremonies. Stuart, who studied as an undergraduate at the famous university, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Sport for the contribution he has made to sport of rugby, both as a player and a coach.
While speaking at the ceremony, a visibly overwhelmed Lancaster stated that this degree from the university was a huge honor for him, and at par with all the sporting accolades that he has received throughout his career with his club and the England Rugby team. Speaking about his time as a student at the Leeds Metropolitan University, Lancaster pointed out to the graduating students who were sitting nearby, stating that he had embedded three principles taught at the university: relationships, investment in one’s own self and credibility, which laid the foundation for his success in the sport.
Lancaster reiterated the fact that one should not be afraid to dream and to follow up that dream. According to the 42 year old, it is important to be chasing the dreams and not wait for someone to hand over an opportunity to succeed – one needs to go and find these opportunities and grasp them with both hands.
Lancaster took over the reins of the England Rugby team back in March after the team’s dismal showing in the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and since he has taken charge, the team has shown visible improvement in their game. As an interim manager, Lancaster guided the team to a second placed finish in the Six Nations in 2011 following which, he was given the role permanently with an eye at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.