Following the relaunch of our girls’ basketball academy, Paige Vyse joins us as our new female coach, and is ready to implement her ambitious plans to transform the Programme.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I started playing basketball when I was 12 years old and joined what was then called, the Northampton Nets. Since then I have played at a county and regional level for five consecutive years, and had the privilege of being the captain of three of these teams.
I joined Moulton College as a basketball student in 2015 and honestly had the best two years of my life. It was during my time at College that I represented England for the U17s team, which was a surreal but incredible experience! After finishing College, I went to Northampton University, and I graduated this summer.
Alongside my studies, I’ve played National League Basketball for the Northamptonshire Titans all the way from U14s to the senior women’s team, who I now play for. I am also a community coach for Northamptonshire Titans Foundation. In 2019, I got my Level 2 coaching qualification and started coaching National League! Although COVID-19 put a pause on coaching and playing, I’m excited to get started again this season.
What skills/experience do you bring to this role at Moulton?
As a player and coach, I understand the challenges that young athletes may face during their time playing basketball. As a female, I also understand the pressures and struggles female athletes face. My main priority will always be the athlete and their well-being, everything else will fall into place if they feel good within themselves. I am patient, but also hard working; I have big visions and plans for the girls’ academy and believe we can really strive for greatness. I am very excited to get to work.
How important is it to have a female coach leading the girls programme?
Having a female coach is extremely important to ensure that the female athletes’ needs are met. As a past Moulton College student, I understand what made my experience great, but improvements can always be made. I also want to show young females that they can strive to achieve whatever they want to. Working alongside Tom is a great way to get both perspectives of the game and the players.
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