Paige Walder (pictured above via Saltdean United) may be known to regular readers of Impetus for all of the high quality graphics and artwork she provides the site with via Graphics by PW. But she is also an extremely talented footballer and recently joined Saltdean United of the London & SE Regional Premier (tier five). It is only right that Impetus thanked Paige for her fantastic work for the site by sponsoring her for the new season. Paige spoke to Ben Gilby about her career and goals with the Sussex side.
Paige Walder has been involved with Impetus for almost a year providing all of our graphics and artwork, including our site logo.
Additionally, she has been a footballer for a number of years and in April joined tier five club Saltdean United who play in the London & South-East Regional Premier.
Paige told us about her return to the game: “Well, for the last two years I’ve followed my partner as she plays professionally across Europe. When the pandemic first hit we left Italy and have been in England ever since. I’ve missed playing so much over the last few years and feel like now is the perfect time to dust my boots off and see if I’ve still got it.”
The club that Paige is joining are one who are hugely successful. “Saltdean United are a great club with big ambitions. The manager, Joe McTiffen actually coached me back in my teenage years. He’s asked me every year since he started the team to go and play for him and he’s finally got his way, persistence is key, haha. On a serious note, since starting in 2015 they have been promoted time after time and show no signs in stopping anytime soon and I’d love to be a part of that success.”
Paige has a strong history in the women’s game in Sussex, as she explained to me. “I started football at 12 years old but only began to take it seriously when I turned 16 and was scouted by Brighton and Hove Albion. After four seasons there and I stayed down south and joined Lewes whilst playing for the Sussex county team also.”
Paige then outlined her immediate and longer term aims for her return to the sport: “A personal aim for me will be to get on the assist sheet as much as possible as a central midfielder. With regards to the team I would love to help them gain promotion up to the third tier of English football and with the squad we have I’ve got a great feeling that big things are going to happen for this club.”
Off the pitch, Paige’s company Graphics by PW has provided artwork for Chelsea and England star Fran Kirby for a while and the business has really taken off now as she explains: “Graphics by PW has been going great, working for Fran has brought in other high profile clients like Sam Kerr, Maren Mjelde and a GB athlete named Lauren Jones. With high-profile clients comes high-pressure, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it and hope to continue to grow.”
“I’d like to thank Impetus for supporting my graphics business from the beginning and now supporting my football too. To be sponsored by a site and the contributors associated with it who have believed in me as a person means a lot. I’ll try to get you all a goal when you come along to watch us!”
As with all of our sponsored players, we’ll be catching up with Paige regularly throughout the season to find out how she and Saltdean United are getting on. Readers can also expect to see more of her incredible artwork on the site very soon!