University of Nottingham Futsal are delighted to have the Wales international as part of the club since joining at the start of 2017/2018 season.
Firstly, from everyone at the club we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday. How have you settled in to life at University of Nottingham Futsal?
“Cheers guys… it’s been a really exciting move for me which has taken a bit of time on court to adjust to but the lads and coaching staff have been amazing with me so it’s been one I’ve enjoyed. Certainly in the last couple of weeks I’ve felt things clicking on and off the court with the squad and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
What has been your personal experience and thoughts on the programme at University of Nottingham Futsal since joining? What do you think makes it so unique?
“It’s very special…. it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen from a Futsal setup I’ve been involved in before. The facilities are incredible, the access to support off the court is top class, the coaching really challenges me and the quality of the squad is really high….. it’s surpassed all my expectations!
However, the most special thing about Nottingham is the atmosphere. The positivity and support around the place is unbelievable. I’ve never had a warmer welcome to a squad in any part of my playing career. Everyone wants everyone to do well and I can’t thank them all enough for helping me settle in so well.”
During the week you had a senior training camp with the Wales National Futsal squad. How is it being apart of the squad, what are your ambitions with your country in the future and what would it mean to you?
“It’s always an honour and privilege to be involved with the national team. They’re a good bunch of lads with a lot of talent who push me to get better at every camp. At that level the intensity and concentration required is always high but I enjoy the challenge.
My immediate ambition is to make the home nations squad for the end of November and to do the same for the World Cup qualifiers in January / February time. It will always mean a lot to me to represent Wales in any Futsal competition and hopefully I’ll have that opportunity again soon. However, It’s important I focus on playing well for Nottingham firstly and hopefully the rest will follow.”
For those that do not know you have Diabetes and haven’t seen your valuable public community work to raise awareness and educate people on the condition, what is diabetes?
“I live with Type 1 Diabetes which is an autoimmune condition whereby the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin are attacked by your immune system causing them to die. This results in the need to inject or administer insulin for the rest of your life. Insulin is the hormone which takes glucose from the blood and allows it to transfer and be stored in the liver or muscles. Glucose is the broken down version of the carbohydrates we consume every day. So essentially my life involves injecting insulin almost every time I consume any carbohydrates, counting how many carbs are in my food and monitoring my blood glucose levels to ensure I stay within safe ranges and avoid hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia.
I liken it to a 24/7 full time job which I never applied for. However the decisions I make on this job are hugely important to my safety and health. If i make a mistake on this job I’m likely to feel very unwell or in hospital as a result. It’s stressful but it’s my way of life that I have no control over. Balancing the condition around sport adds extra complications but as with the rest of my life I just try to take it in my stride and accept that I’m doing the best I can.”
University of Nottingham Futsal have started the season extremely well in the FA National League including your debut for the club. What are your thoughts on the season ahead?
“It’s been a great start by the whole squad and everything is being geared up to push ourselves towards the national league division 1 title. We know it won’t be easy but we’re working so hard as a team in training and in the gym to achieve our goal of promotion this season.
It couldn’t have been a more exciting time for me to join the club with the progress and development being made on and off the court. I think with the talent available in this squad we’d be disappointed to not be in the super league next season. We will aim high and work hard to get there. The most important thing is we stick together throughout it all win or lose.”