Yaina Andrew – Looking For Progress At Penryn Athletic

In the latest piece linked to our content sponsorship with seventh tier Penryn Athletic, Ben Gilby spoke player-manager Yaina Andrew about her footballing journey and what’s been going on at the club since we last touched base in December.

Above: Penryn Athletic player-manager Yaina Andrew. Photo via: Yaina Andrew.

Yaina began our catch up by discussing her own footballing journey: “I was born in Treliske Hospital, Truro in June 1989 and raised in Penryn with my Mum and my Nan.”

“I started playing football with my neighbours when I moved house at the age of 6, I then played in Primary school and secondary school. I joined a local youth team called Falmouth United and then played for Penryn Ladies AFC when I was 14 years old. I then went on to play for Falmouth Ladies, Trevenson Ladies, Mullion Ladies, Mabe Ladies and then back to Penryn Ladies. The reason I had left Penryn originally was because the team folded and no one was available to take it over, Mullion were struggling for players and it was such a long drive that is when I decided to set up Penryn Ladies AFC.”

Above: Penryn Athletic’s Yaina Andrew in training. Photo via: Yaina Andrew.

“I have so many great memories from football and I can’t imagine my life without it! I have had so many good coaches over the years and was gutted to see them leave because of work commitments or family. My mum has always been my biggest supporter and she still is now. She loves coming to watch, even now she still comes to every home game.”

Above: Yaina plays in a corner for Penryn Athletic. Photo via: Yaina Andrew.

Off the pitch, I am a PE teacher at Threemilestone Primary School which I absolutely love, I have been there for six years now and the children are absolute super stars. I love spending time with my friends, family and girlfriend, this may involve us shopping, movie nights, partying, pier jumping, snorkelling and walking our two amazing dogs Mya and Rio.”

“My footballing heroes are Ruud Van Nistelrooy and David Beckham and my sporting heroes are Jessica Ennis-Hill, Kelly Holmes and Mo Farah. The reason why these are my sporting heroes are all for the same reason which is great sportsmanship and determination but with a positive attitude and friendly nature.”

We then turned to focus of Yaina’s biggest challenge in the game – interpretation of the rules! “For some reason Woman’s football seems to have different rules according to the referees. We want to be treated as equals, therefore we want the referee to call for a foul throw, a yellow card, a red card and a penalty. It rarely happens at our level of the game. Instead, the referee just plays on!”

Above: Yaina is longing to be back training again with her Penryn Athletic squad. Photo via: Yaina Andrew.

The last time we spoke to Yaina, Penryn Athletic were looking forward to continuing their strong start to the season in the Earthbound Electric Cornwall Women’s League. However, with a new national lockdown, that has been frustrated. “Nothing much has changed since we last spoke,” Yaina reveals, “We managed to start training again every Sunday for a couple of weeks but Covid has stopped that again, so yeah we’ve been without a match for months now which is absolutely gutting for us because we started the season really well.”

“We also may lose some players after this season because of it being their last year at university here in Cornwall, not the ideal way to go out with a bang. I definitely expected great things with more wins and more goals from myself but that may have to wait until next season now, who knows.”

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