Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TN's Super 8s Squad So Full of Talented Siblings; Volleyball

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TN's Super 8s Squad So Full of Talented Siblings; Volleyball

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THIS Christmas the Fullerton family could be forgiven for decking the halls with boughs of volley as sporting siblings Paige and Nathan headed home from another term on Tyneside with tales of sporting glory.

Two of England's most talented volleyball stars have lit up courts across the UK this season as members of Team Northumbria's all-conquering Super 8s squads.

They have done so at the same time as juggling full-time degrees on opposite sides of the city they have come to call home.

Paige is a student at Northumbria University while brother Nathan is a Newcastle University undergraduate - a situation which takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level when the two institutions clash for the Stan Calvert Cup each year.

Paige said: "It is amazing to have a brother who shares the same passion.

"I don't think there has been a time in our careers when we have not been in the same city playing volleyball so it is normal to me.

"The benefit of being around each other so much is we get to see each other grow in so many different ways and to have someone constantly by your side and motivating you is an amazing feeling . "However, Nathan and I are completely different.

"I think the most annoying habit Nathan has is he is just too relaxed - he is never in a rush to do anything and loves to avoid my calls because it is probably me telling him to hurry up!" Both Paige and Nathan are making rapid progress for club and country under the expert tutelage of TN's head coach David Goodchild (pictured right).

The pair both benefit from being part of the groundbreaking Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) - the Newcastle-based, Sport England-backed organisation which supports more than 400 talented sportsmen and women in further and higher education.

Nathan said: "I became a TASS athlete in my first year at university after I made England's junior team.

"Our national governing body actively encourages potential students to attend universities with (or close to) TASS centres so they can access a range of support services.

"The integrated support services are similar to what you would expect from a professional sports team and the friendly staff work together to create a database on each athlete. …

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