Congratulations Zainab Alema!

We are all over the moon that Zee has been awarded the Sunday Times Vitality Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year this week.

Barnes RFC women’s player, Zainab Alema has been recognised as the Sunday Times Vitality Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year 2020 in their awards ceremony held on Wednesday evening this week.

Zainab, who is a much loved Barnes RFC teammate, mother of three and devoted wife, Intensive Care Neonatal nurse and the Founder of rugby charity “Studs In The Mud” was honoured for the work she is doing to encourage black and Muslim women and girls to get into playing rugby.

Affectionately known as Zee, she has had an significant inspirational impact on female players across the UK, and in Ghana and Morocco, both through her honesty and passion for playing, as well as the charity drives she heads up to provide equipment and funding women to be able to play in areas where rugby is not freely on offer. Her main charity is called “Studs in the Mud” which supports grassroots rugby in Ghana. You can find out more about it here:

There is no sign of slowing down either, with many projects in the pipeline once restrictions are lifted, but in the meantime, Zainab continues to use her social media presence as a platform for encouraging more women to the game.

On behalf of us all at Barnes RFC we are all incredibly proud of Zee’s achievement, and we know that this is only the start of her journey in rugby, in her charities and in helping Muslim women and girls grow through the power of rugby.

We wish her the very best with all her future endeavours, and congratulate her for the fantastic impact she is having in growing our sport.

And finally, hot off the press, the RFU have published this article on the England Rugby website today to cap off quite an amazing 24 hours for Zee:

Onwards and Upwards Barnow!

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