World RL star Amy Hardcastle joins a new team - ED at CRH

One of the world's top women rugby league players has been welcomed into the ED team at CRH.

Amy Hardcastle - the only northern hemisphere player in the world top 10 - joined us as a healthcare assistant in June.

She scored the best try in the last World Cup in Australia last year and last weekend lifted the Challenge Cup plate with Bradford Bulls scoring twice. (See pic - that's her spraying champers!).

And she's loving how well she's been supported by her  ED colleagues during the early days of this new career for her.

Amy, 29, said: " I have never worked anywhere like this before. They have been so brilliant and supportive and understanding to me as a new member of the team. I am also trying to show them I am willing to learn and putting myself out there. I was scared at first but now, thanks to them, I know I can do it."

She says she enjoys chatting and providing drinks for patients waiting for care and is also enjoying her training. She has so far completed her ECG training and has blood test training to come soon." "I used to shadow another staff members but now I am allowed to be on my own. Some of the patients are at low points so it nice to help them become less stressed and relaxed and if ther are on their own I can pop in chat with them and make contact which is lovely."

Amy started out playing football at Calderdale College but her tackling was so strong so someone suggested a switch to rugby - and she has never looked back. She started at Siddal and is now with Bradford Bulls and plays as outside back "fast and explosive".

She says: " I am quick and powerful and quite a dangerous player. If I get the ball I am a big threat." 

She lives in Southowram and has seven year old daughter, watches what she eats allowing herself one treat a week - either a big bag of crisps or a takeaway. She hates hangovers, so rarely drinks.

She hopes to be in the team for the next World Cup in 2021 which will be here and which hopefully will be televised on mainstream channel. 

She trains between shifts, so in the evenings after a 7-3 pm shift and mornings on a 4 pm - 12 shift.

And long-term, as well as a World Cup win? " I would love to do my nurse training, I am loving it so much."

** For a player she has been lucky enough to have had not too many ED visits. She once had rods to mend a broken finger (since removed) in the first op of its kind at CRH, and more recently had a torn patella tendon and was cared for at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.