On Saturday, our sport scholar, Gabby Marshall, returns to the court with Manchester Thunder for the 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague, as the squad face Team Northumbria as part of Super Saturday!
We caught up with Gabby to find out about training, studying and her hopes for the season with the squad!
How are you feeling about the forthcoming season?
“I’m really excited about the upcoming season. Our new coach, Dan Ryan, has really instilled confidence in each member of the squad to go out and perform so, on a personal level, I’m looking forward to challenging our senior players for a place on court, but ultimately just challenging the girls around me in order for us to be in the best position to win the competition.”
How has training been going over the past few weeks?
“Training has been going really well. Dan has brought some new and creative ideas to the team, so it has been great in terms of variety and keeping the sessions interesting.
“Recently we’ve had a smaller training group due to five our players being involved in the England vs Australia test series, so it’ll be good to have them back this week before the season starts.
“Last Monday, I also got to play Australia as part of the England ‘A’ team: a mixture of U21s and development players. We played them as a warm up game on Monday before the first team’s test against the seniors on Wednesday. It was an invaluable experience to test myself against the number one team in the world and it has definitely inspired me to push on with my training towards the World Youth Championships in 2017.”
How has University been going, balancing exams and training?
“I’m not going to lie and say that it has been easy, but having both demands has definitely taught me how to become more organised and effective with my time management. It has also helped having a good support network around me, not only friends and family, but university staff too.
“My personal tutor, Janet Morrison, has been amazing and is always offering support, and Callum and Jerome at MMU Sport are great at helping me out with any issues both on and off the court.”
What else have you got coming up?
“I’ve got several England U21 training camps coming up within the next few months. We’re all working towards selection to go on tour with the squad this summer.
“With the MMU team, we’re currently unbeaten in the league so our aim is to continue this for the second half of the season, as well as hopefully gaining some silverware in the cup!”
To find out more about our Sport Scholarship programme, visit our website!