Student Maya Vio balances her own dreams of becoming a doctor by studying at St George’s with her passion for the beautiful game playing for Tottenham Hotspur’s Ladies First Team.

 Maya Vio playing football student

calendar-icon 18 January 2018

Maya has been at the Club since appearing for the U10’s in 2006.

She plays as a central midfielder for Spurs Ladies and says her proudest moment was a crucial goal in the dying moments of a Cup game.

She said: “My most memorable memory would have to be scoring the winning goal in the 120th minute of extra time in the National Premier League Cup of the 2015/2016 season.

“But the moment we got promoted to the FA WSL 2 and all the celebrations afterwards is also a great memory for me.”

She added: “Currently my role model is Kim Little as I admire her play in the central midfield area and all the combinations she does.”

She is a recipient of the university’s Alastair Hunter Sports Bursary, which helps students finance their sporting endeavours while studying at St George’s.

She explained: “I spend a lot of money each week on travel. Which was giving me financial stress and put me off attending many training sessions.

“The grant had a huge impact as it allowed me to train more and play without the financial stresses and was vital for me as juggling football and medicine is already quite a challenge.

“Thanks to the donors for the grant as it has helped me achieve a personal dream of mine, playing in the FA Women’s Super League and competing against some of the best players in the country.”

Balancing her studies as a medical student and as a top flight football player has been a challenge but Maya says Spurs have been very understanding.

She said: “My coaches at Spurs know that I’m studying medicine. Whenever I'm stuck with how to organise my time, i sit down with my coach and manager for a meeting where we figure out together what the best option is - regarding both passions of mine: medicine and football.

“Communication is essentially how I do both. If I ever need to take a day off from football then there are measures in place to make sure I don't lose my fitness so that I stay on track at football.

“My parents are also a big help in allowing me to pursue both passions as they support me and drive me to training after medicine placement.

“Although some would say it's too much to do both medicine and football, I stay motivated because I love both 'lives' and to be honest both ventures complement each other, for example the work ethic and attention to detail I learnt from one, I'm able to apply to the other”