The Big Interview - Ryah Vyse
Ryah Vyse alludes to the life lessons football has taught her, touches on the love she has for the Club and more, writes Khalid Karimullah.
Q: What started your passion for football?
A: My auntie is a massive Spurs fan and she took me to my first game around six and I loved it from there.
Q: How much do you enjoy playing in your position?
A: I really enjoy being involved anywhere along the back line and I like how left-back allows me to get forward more.
Q: What's the best advice that you've been given that you can share to any young aspiring footballer?
A: The best advice I have been given is to do what you love and give it everything you have! For young players, I would say to be a student of the game, watch and study different types of football, as you can never stop learning! With the way that women’s football is progressing, there’s no better time than now to be a young footballer, so take all the opportunities that are given to you and keep working hard.
Q: What does it mean to you when you put on the Spurs shirt and now competing in the FA Women’s Super League 2 with the Club?
A: Spurs Ladies is the only English club I have played for so I really love it here. It’s been brilliant to see the Club grow so much over the years and being a Spurs fan makes it even more special.
Q: Who is your role model inside and outside the game?
A: Steven Gerrard is my all-time favourite; I love how he played with such passion. Outside the game has to be my mum and dad, they’re both so hard working and have always been so supportive.
Q: What life skills have you learnt from playing football?
A: I have learnt a lot through playing that definitely translates to life outside of football. The importance of team work, believing in yourself and what you can bring to the team. Talent accounts for a lot but is worth nothing without hard work and commitment to improving. Football has also taught me perseverance and sticking with it even when times are tough. Ultimately, I’ve learnt to keep going with your passion and never give up on what makes you tick!
Q: What do you enjoy doing away from the game?
A: When I’m not playing football, I like to spend time with friends and family, especially my two little nephews! Also, I can be guilty of a good Netflix binge!
Q: What do you enjoy most about playing in this team?
A: I really like the winning mentality of the girls, they had an amazing season last year and they definitely have brought that positive attitude into the WSL 2.
Q: How do you balance your career, football and relax time?
A: I like to be busy but it can be hard juggling work and playing, but when you love something and work hard at it, it just seems to fall into place and you just make it work. Training at such amazing facilities makes it even more fun and preparing for that game at the end of the week makes it all worth it!
Q: How much did the experience of playing in America mould you into the player and person you are today?
A: It definitely shaped me as a person and was an amazing experience that allowed me to learn a different style of play and take a different approach to the game. My coach had very high expectations of us both as players, but most importantly as people. I’m very thankful for the experience and people I met while I was there.
Q: How important is International Women's Day in giving inspiration and showcasing the progress of females in and out of the game?
A: International Women’s Day is massively important as it recognizes the amazing things women do on a daily basis. The progress the women’s game is making is definitely something to be celebrated.
27th October 1992
Oklahoma City FC
Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography.