England Rugby World Cup Winner, Media Commentator and Inspirational Speaker Maggie Alphonsi. Before announcing her retirement in 2014, Margaret Alphonsi represented her country an impressive 74 times. Scored 28 tries and helped England win a record breaking seven consecutive Six Nations crowns. She was also a crucial member of the team that won the 2014 Rugby World Cup; for the first time in 20 years; and was part of the team that was crowned the BBC’s Sports Personality Team of the Year.
Through her England rugby career Maggie has become a household name and also a media professional; and since retiring she has commentated on live rugby matches for SKY Sports, BT Sport and the BBC. In 2015 Maggie Alphonsi became the first ever former female player to commentate on men’s international rugby; when she was signed up by ITV for the Rugby World Cup; and she continues to work with ITV Sport across their rugby coverage. Maggie is also the first ever former female player to become a columnist for a national newspaper; and you can read her thoughts and opinions in The Telegraph.
Rugby Union Council
In 2016 Maggie Alphonsi made history; by becoming the first England Women’s player to be elected as a National Member of the Rugby Football Union’s Council. She is one of just six females on the 56 strong council; and her role is to be a person of experience and influence in the Game; which includes a leading role in the Diversity and Inclusion steering Group.
From South East London, Maggie has taken her education as seriously as her rugby. Obtaining an MSc in Sports & Exercise at Roehampton University, a BSc in the same subjects at De Montfort University and a BTEC Diploma in Leisure Studies at Hertford Regional College. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire.
Maggie is delighted to be a brand ambassador for Jaguar – Land Rover and also SportsAid. Which helps the next generation of British sport stars at the start of their careers; when their parents are the only other means of support. The charity helps these athletes by giving them financial assistance, to help them meet the cost of training and competing. Maggie Alphonsi also represents charities such as Sporting Equals and SKRUM. The latter of which aims to give the youth of Africa hope through rugby.
Maggie Alphonsi is an excellent guest speaker and is well qualified to share her experience. You don’t need to be a rugby fan to be interested and inspired, when she shares those experiences; by how she has become a prominent figure in the challenging world of a male dominated sport. Delivering to a wide variety of audiences from corporate businesses, to sports events; or going into schools to inspire the next generation, Maggie has a story you want to hear.
Speaking Topics From Maggie Alphonsi
- Leadership and teamwork
- Understanding pressure
- The psychology of winning
- Transferring skills
- Pressure management
- Working in a male environment and diversity
- Mentoring and coaching performance mind sets
- Pitch to boardroom
- Overcoming adversity
- Challenging perceptions
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Maggie Alphonsi
She was just brilliant and inspiring
She was just brilliant and inspiring – as well as incredibly honest which is so refreshing. We really enjoyed having her and everyone commented that she was a fantastic addition to the event.
Maggie spoke at our staff engagement day; to hear her talk about overcoming adversity and aiming for the best in life was incredibly motivational. It was just what we needed to energise us before we embarked on an afternoon of delivering community projects – she is truly inspirational.
Maggie gave an exceptionally compelling talk
Maggie kindly agreed to speak at the WACL (Women’s advertising club of London) ‘Gather’ event, an annual conference run by our club to inspire and inform young women in the marketing and media community. Maggie gave an exceptionally compelling talk on her life and career, focusing on what drove and motivated her throughout. Not only is she a hugely successful elite sportswoman she also has the rare gift of being able to communicate what it takes to achieve those heights in a thoroughly engaging and accessible way. The feedback from the attendees was exceptional for the event and Maggie’s talk resonated with all.