Charnwood College Riders Class of 2017 guard Jessica Eadsforth-Yates has committed to Cochise College in Arizona.
The Manchester native has committed to Cochise College in Arizona to continue her basketball and education overseas in the US.
We checked in with Jessica on the process and how she is feeling about her decision.
How does it feel to finally have committed?
It’s an insane feeling, super happy to reach my final decision. I feel like a weight has been lifted since I made the call to Coach Huges. I feel like I have made the right choice.
What made you decide to commit to Cochise College?
I have been lucky enough to be speaking with a few programmes but I have learnt through this process that the most important thing is to find a coach that you can connect with and that you feel can get the best out of you at the next level this is what I found with Cochise. I have a lot to learn and I believe that they can help me achieve this. Also they have a great history for helping players move on – Coach Huges has gave me a lot of his time and support which really helped me in my final decision.
How did you find the decision process?
Not going to lie, I found it difficult at times as it can take a lot of your time, sending tapes, contacting schools, arranging calls and Skype calls etc… It can also be a little stressful when it comes to trying to make decisions as it’s a big step for anyone. Totally worth it in the end and what an opportunity it provides – but my advice to anyone would be to start it early to build up relationships.
What are you looking forward to the most for next season?
The new experiences that come from living in a different country meeting new friends and settling into college life. Basketball wise I am looking forward to being developed by my new coaches and team mates, and seeing what the standard of play will be like in a new league and hopefully becoming an impact player.
How has your time at Charnwood been so far?
My time at Charnwood has been fantastic and the opportunities it has provided me as player and a person have been unbelievable. The programme has challenged me as a player and developed me each and every day mentally and physically – it’s taught me you have to work hard to achieve your goals. My team mates have become family over the past two years and everything we have achieved titles/awards/accolades – we have done as a TEAM so I thank them all for making this experience one I will always remember. Credit needs to be given to my Coach Krumesh for all the late nights/early mornings/long hours and constant support that he has given to me for the past two years – he has been there for me during everything and cannot thank him enough! All the staff at Charnwood have played a part in helping me one way – THANK YOU.
How does the programme at Charnwood offer to help you?
Coming here at 16 seem daunting, however it was defiantly the best thing for me . The Schedule was intense and took a little time to get used to. However the coaching staff gave constant support and help throughout. It has helped me become more organised with my time and school work and prioritise. As a player I have developed hugely and they have given me the tools needed to move on to the next level through all the playing opportunities given here at Charnwood. My coaches have really helped me find the right school in the states, through their knowledge of the system (plus putting up with me asking so many questions daily) and pushing me to the be the best I can be, I don’t think I would be at this stage without them.
What is your favourite memory of Charnwood so far?
Although I have so many memories regarding basketball achievements over the last two years at Charnwood personal and as a team which have been amazing. I think my favourite memory has to be our very first trip to Spain in our first year. Getting to know each other and the coaches from the swimming in the rain to SNC in the sun, late sneak outs to the pool and the never ending trips to the shops for snacks and avoiding being the butt of anyone’s pranks… but most of all going from a group of players to a team of friends!
Others that have helped you along the way?
I would not have the opportunities I have today without the help and support of my parents, grandparents, family & friends that have been there every step of the way , supporting me in every way possible – THANK YOU you are THE BEST!
And to all my previous coaches thank you for believing in me and pushing me during my time at Manchester mystics. Special mention to David Atkinson, Oli Parr &Tom Stansfield for the extra hours given to me – and always pointing out my weaknesses – I truly share all my successes with you all .