Cardiff Met Archers have added two upcoming junior players to their 2020-21 roster.
Ahead of their first home game this Saturday, head coach Stef Collins boosted her roster with the addition of Welsh international duo Maisie Harrhy and Issy Bunyan.
Both junior players have been training with the senior WBBL team for the previous year and Collins has been impressed in their growth.
“Issy had the opportunity to play with the WBBL last season,” said Collins. “Maisie is looking to make her debut this upcoming weekend.
Bunyan said training around the senior team brought out a strong work ethic.
“Being around strong, experienced players really challenges you in training and forces you to work hard day in, day out,” she said.
“I like the positive pressure that brings.”
Her teammate, Maisie, echoed Bunyan’s comments, adding, “Training with the WBBL team challenges me to become a better player, training and playing alongside elite level players.
“The sessions make me push my game to the next level and especially help me develop my knowledge of the game and my decision making. I’m thankful to my coaches for having the belief in me and giving me this opportunity.”
Both Bunyan and Maisie credited the Archers player programme for their pathway to the senior roster, praising the ‘camaraderie’ and support the programme offers.
“I really like that the women’s Archers programme is friendly and full of support and camaraderie,” stated Bunyan. “I think it’s a great pathway for young girls to develop and learn.”
Maisie added, “There’s a real team atmosphere at both training and games, where everyone supports each other, even across the different age groups. I also love how everyone is approachable, so whenever I have a question, I know I always have someone to ask. My teammates are always happy to give me feedback and tips too which is useful.
“I feel incredibly lucky to be getting the best opportunities in the current tough situation with both the WBBL and WNBL teams having elite status, so we can still train and play as usual. I feel I am getting the best chances to improve as a player and showcase some of my skills at a higher level.”
Coach Collins also credited the programme for allowing its juniors to ‘continue developing and performing in the top tier of basketball’.
“We’re fortunate that both our senior women’s teams are competing at the highest levels in the UK, allowing our juniors and Cardiff Met students to continue developing and performing in the top tier of basketball,” said Collins.
“It’s fantastic to have Maisie and Issy part of the WBBL team this season. They’re not only a pleasure to coach but also so much fun to see their progress.”