There’s been a revolution at Notts County Women over the past couple of years, and former Nottingham Forest starlet, Nya Chambers, now 20-years-old, is proud to have been, and still be, a part of it, as they start a new season, in that of the East Midlands Regional Women’s Football League Premier Division.
That new campaign, they knew it would be a difficult start, a tough opener which would see County edged 2-1 on the road, on a Wednesday night, at Rotherham United – defeat however, their first in the league for some time, is something they’ll take on the chin and move on from.
“Rotherham was always going to be a tough game and we were very much looking forward to it,” began Nya.
“We made a number of good signings over the summer who will give us both competition, and improvement, throughout the season, a one which we know will be a completely different step to what we’ve previously experienced.
“The general feeling though, is that, as a club, it’s a step that we’ve got to take although it’s one that’ll be more competitive for us.”
Pulling on that black & white striped jersey, Chambers, like those around her, know the importance of it, and with that, a collective thought, an expectation, of what is required from them moving forward.
Always one to put the club before herself, Chambers, whom has formed a tantalising, front-line partnership with Bella Reed, is happy with what they’ve built up in the hope that, as a collective unit, they can continue their upward surge.
“I’m still young, and, being here form the (re)start, I want to be able to take County as high as we possibly can,” continued Nya.
“We want to be able to build something that we can be really proud of and, although I wear the number seven jersey (or ten when needed) I’m a striker and I’ve formed a really good partnership with Bella (Reed).
“I come from a really good set-up that was at Forest, having been developed in their youth system, playing for their then Reserves and I really enjoyed it there, but I was much younger, and a completely different time then to what it is now.”
That time, as it is now, sees a County side looking to move on from that of recent seasons; the new EMWRFL campaign, where the Pies will be playing Premier Division football, will also see plenty of cup action, contests that will see them travel to Loughborough Foxes Vixens Women in the League Cup (7 November), and entertain the winners of Kettering Town Women, and Sherwood Women in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup (3 October).
“As a team, we need to be realistic this season, but a top half finish, maybe challenge for fourth place, would be a good result,” added Nya.
“We also knew that, having not tasted defeat in a league game for a while, it was likely to happen this season, and we had to be prepared for that.
“After all, there’s some really good teams that we’ll be competing against, week in, week out.”
Away from football, Nya certainly has her career in mind, and a lengthy one at that and, with expectations of strong grades once she finishes university, she’s about to embark upon her third year at Sheffield Hallam University, then the world will be her oyster.
“I’m studying Law with Criminology at Sheffield Hallam,” explained Nya.
“The first two years have been a mixtures of in-uni, and online classes and I’m about to start what’ll be my third year.
“Law has always been something that interest me and I studied it at college, and it is something from which there is a number of differing paths that I can take afterwards – although I’m first looking at completing a Masters in Detective Policing.”
Before that future kicks in however, and as every university student knows, there’s also the small matter of the dissertation to work through and complete – not to worry, it looks like Nya has that firmly in hand also.
“Yes, I’ll be looking at the media aspect of the law,” further Nya.
“Looking at the media’s portrayal of crimes, the differing ways in which they’re portrayed, and how they form opinions within the media world.”
All-in-all that makes for a very busy year ahead for the young County striker, and, with the world being very much her oyster, she’s definitely looking to make it one to remember.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @NCFC_Women Nya Chambers aiming high in County colours.