Emma Love is fast becoming one of the most promising Netball talents in the North East of Scotland. A determined young player pushing herself in every way to achieve her targets and work her way up the national teams. Recently back from competing in Netball Europe she has learnt a lot and knows her strengths and areas to work on. Not scared of either a challenge or pushing herself Emma would be a great Goal model to speak with about new experiences and challenging yourself to be the best. Learn more about Emma below and drop her a question!
I started netball in primary school. Our first competition was the Aberdeen Rosebowl in which my school’s two teams came 1st and 2nd. From then on, I was hooked. In my first year at secondary school I was selected for the Aberdeen District U15s netball squad. In the same year I was selected for Netball Scotland’s North Development Centre which saw me training at a higher level and intensity. I spent two seasons at Aberdeen District U15s and North Development Centre until I moved up to the U17 age group. During my first season at Aberdeen District U17s, I was selected for the U17 national long squad. I trained with them for 8 months in Glasgow which really brought on my abilities, but unfortunately I didn’t make the final squad which would compete at Netball Europe. However following this, I was selected for the U17 National Development Squad where I travelled to Hull to play English regional sides. This next season I was again selected for the U17 national long squad and made it into the final 12 that recently competed at Netball Europe in Gibraltar. This was an amazing experience for me playing for Scotland against the likes of Wales, England and Northern Ireland. This competition also allowed me to gain my first international cap. This season I have also been selected for the open age group national long squad, where I have played for the Scottish Thistles in friendly matches in England. I have just recently been selected for Scotland U21s to play against Northern Ireland at the Celtic Clash in Belfast.
4. What was the biggest challenge in your sporting career so far and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge in my sporting career so far has definitely been juggling my school work with all my training and travelling. My family and teachers have been very supportive and have helped me manage my time effectively. I’ve had to prioritise my studying and training over free time and social activities.
5. What attracted you to becoming a goal model?
To encourage younger kids to start a new sport or to continue with sport as they go into their teens .
6.How important to you is it to get young people into sport and leadership?
From my participation in netball I have made life long friends. I think sport is such a good way of meeting new people. Sport allows you to challenge yourself and work towards achieving your ambitions. I think it’s really important that young people have an interest to focus on. As for leadership, it is a skill that is very valuable and can be used in all aspects of everyday life.
7.What would you recommend to young people in Aberdeen who want to become more involved in sport?
Use opportunities to try as many different sports as you can. Even though you may not consider yourself to be a sporty person, there is most likely to be a sport for you.
8. Who inspired you when you were younger and why?
My coaches have always believed in me and have encouraged me to be the best I can be. My parents have also been extremely supportive, from driving me down to Glasgow for training to cheering me on from the sidelines.
9. If you had the same opportunity in sport again, what would you do differently?
I would be more confident and believe in my abilities.
10. Why should young people in Aberdeen get involved with the Denis Law Streetsport programme?
It will be fun, you will meet different people and try new things.
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