Henderson, Sasha

Sasha moved from MoorsFC and joined the development centre at Exeter.

At the start of 2019/20 she moved up to the 1st team squad playing 5 games in midfield in the curtailed 2019/20 season for Exeter and once for the 2nd team in the Devon League Division 1.

Sasha was one of 5 players from City who took part in the National College’s Regional Trials on the 31st of October 2020. The club wrote, 

Huge Pride from everyone at the Club to see them achieving great things.” 
It was announced in November that Sasha Henderson and Mia Preston had  both progressed through to Phase 2 of the English College's National Team Trial Process.

During the 2nd National lockdown in November 2020 due the pandemic the team produced some articles from players about players entitled.

"Our New Lockdown Series"

Sasha's replies were 
Quickest Player: Meg, her little legs move twice as quickly as anyone else's
Not so Quickest: Kyanna, stands in goal!
Best Trainer: Phoebe Baker, always works hard
Most intelligent: Steph, understands the game well
Most Skilful: Mia, pulls out some slick skills
Team Joker: Abbie, she loves to try and make everyone laugh but has to say after, "that was a joke girls, you can laugh."
Worst Taste in Music: Mia, she listens to D&B all the time. Not a fan
Most Likely to Moan about Something: Zoe, gives lots of comment and feedback
Who gets the most fines: Abbie or Anthea as they love to argue with the
A Last Minute Penalty to Win the League, who takes it? Ella-Mae, she's very calm
Who would be in your 5ASIDE Team: Me, Kyanna, Ella-Mae, Steph, Anthea
Most likely to get booked: Anthea, starts on players!

The third suspension of the National League and grassroots football was unfortunate timing for Sasha Henderson, featuring heavily in City's two December games and with an England College's Trial to look forward to, it was gearing up to be a busy start to 2021.

Undeterred by the setback, Sasha decided to utilise the spare time to set a challenge to raise funds for a charity personal to her.

"I chose to take this on because of the recent loss of my Grandad to Dementia. said Sasha. "I felt this was a good time to set myself the challenge, knowing I had the time to complete it during lockdown."

Sasha set out to cycle 290 Miles over a Ten Day period, 290 being the number of days between the first Lockdown period and the start of  the current restrictions. "I thought cycling would be the best exercise to do in order to cover the amount of miles I wanted to complete. It was always going to be tough as I have online learning to do and work as well."

Sasha successfully completed her miles on Wednesday morning, but not without her share of difficulties. "I think this is the hardest challenge I have done in my life. Physically it was not a problem, in fact all my previous fitness and weight work proved invaluable. However, mentally it has been tough. Cycling by yourself for several hours during the day and battling the weather was hard as I cycled through rain, wind, snow, ice and sun."

Unfortunately, Sasha twice found black ice on her travels, resulting in some pretty spectacular grazes. "I always had the reason I am doing it in the back of mind, ten days is nothing compared to the difficulties faced by families and suffering people endure. The messages of support kept me going; maybe I will use stabilisers in the future!"

Sasha started with the aim to raise £200 for Dementia UK, a disease that effects nearly one million people in this Country, her efforts have meant that total has been comfortably surpassed with close to £1300 raised so far. "I never thought I would get that much support, I am so grateful and appreciative with everyone’s donations. This achievement will always stick with me and I will never forget all the challenges I had to face. Being able to give the money raised to Dementia UK makes me feel so happy, the sense of pride I had on completing it was amazing."

Ask anyone involved with the Women's team at Exeter City about Sasha and they will point to her determination, willingness to learn and desire to improve. A personality that, in a literal sense, will jump straight back up after a fall. To cycle the equivalent distance of Exeter to Leeds over ten days, alongside studying and work responsibilities, is a fantastic achievement that all associated with the team are proud to support. More importantly, with the reasoning behind how this challenge came about, I am sure Sasha's family are even more proud of her achievement.

In February 2021, the Club reported the following

"Exeter College sport Academy Student and our own No.15, Sasha Henderson, has earned a Scholarship at Arizona Western College Athletics in the USA, A great achievement and richly deserved for her hard work"

In May 2021, the club reported 

“After being informed of their success in reaching Phase Two of the England College’s National Team Trial Process, the wait has been a long one for Sasha Henderson and Mia Preston.

November 12, 2020 was the date the Young City pair learnt of the exciting news, before the National Lockdown forced a lengthy delay. Thankfully, two of Exeter City Women’s brightest talents, will now get their chance this weekend as the trials take place at Loughborough College.

The Phase Two trial will see 50 Female Players train and compete in a bid to make the final squad of 20. The Session will be coached by Keith Boanas, a Women’s FA Cup winner as Manager of Charlton, and will also see Aston Villa defender Natalie Haigh on hand to share her experiences and identify some of the Young talent on show. If successful, Sasha and Mia would be part of an England College’s Squad who will face RAF and Academy teams during the Summer months as part of their further development.
Sasha acknowledges the wait has been difficult, but is ready for the challenge awaiting this weekend. “I am really looking forward to it, I am grateful to have got through to the second trial with Mia. It will be a good experience to play with some great footballers in my age group. I feel physically ready with the fitness work I have been doing at home and with City during the COVID period. It has been a long wait, but I am ready.”










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