More Young Scots Join the Pride Family
With our aim of inspiring and developing young Scottish players, we welcome three new players to the Pride family, Zoe Sharpe and Sofia Amis and Aoife Loftus. All three players have been members of the Scottish National Academy system before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, with Aoife and Sofia having represented the Scotland U16 team in the Tri-Nations competition in December 2019.
15 year old guard Zoe joins Pride from Inverness City Lions, where she had been a standout player as a U14 player whlist competing in the U16 Scottish Basketball Championships in the 19/20 season. Having relocated to Edinburgh from Inverness to pursue her hasketball goals, Zoe told us ” I am super excited to be part of this team. I know it is going to be challenging at times and that I have a lot to learn but I’m going to make the most of this opportunity.”
Head Coach Bart Sengers added ” Zoe is one of a few players that took the opportunity to train with the team during May and June. She is very committed to be the best player she can be and it showed on the floor. She takes pride in being in great conditioning and physically she is ahead of most of her peers. This season will be a great challenge for the youngest player on the team and it is all about learning for her. She will have opportunities to play on other teams so she keeps developing but the training experience she gets right now is invaluable for her.”
Promising wing player Sofia Amis comes to us from nearby City of Edinburgh Kats, where she made a mark earlier in 2021 by competing with their boys’ academy side and confidently knocking down 3 point shots. On joining Pride, the mature minded 16 year old, stated “Everyone has been so welcoming and all the girls are super kind and supportive. I am happy and honoured to be joining Pride. I know it will be a challenge for me as I have never played at this level or intensity before but I am really excited to take it on and see what can be achieved.”
Coach Sengers remarked ” Sofia also trained with the team over the summer. She was immediately adopted by the team because of her easy going personality. She has already improved her shooting form and has shown to learn quickly. She can be coached and responds very mature. She reminds me of Rose when she started with the team. Let’s see what she can pick up in a season.”
Aoife Loftus is another 16 year old who joins us from The City of Edinburgh Kats this season. Prior to lockdown, Aoife had begun to make a name for herself by breaking into the senior team at Kats as well as being a strong performer for the Scotland U16 team at the Tri-Nations competition. When asked about her move to Pride, Aoife told us “This is a great opportunity for me to improve my game and skills with help from my new teammates and coaches. I am really excited and proud to be part of this team.”
Coach Sengers informed us “Aoife is the 3rd player to come over from the group that trained in the summer. She can score the ball in many ways but now wants the challenge to figure out how to do that at the WBBL level. For her to get good minutes in the league she will need to learn a lot of things, but she seems very keen to do just that and she is adjusting quickly to being challenged all the time.”
Welcome to Pride ladies, we look forward to watching your development.