Football ace works with pupils in Louth

Year 7 pupils at the Louth site of Monks Dyke Tennyson College received a visit from ex-England women's football star Sue Smith. EMN-150116-104245001

Year 7 pupils at the Louth site of Monks Dyke Tennyson College received a visit from ex-England women's football star Sue Smith. EMN-150116-104245001

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Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College Students in Louth were privileged to receive a visit recently from Sue Smith, ex-England women’s footballer and twice winner of the prestigious Nationwide International Player of the Year Award.

Sue spent the morning at the Louth campus, working with a group of very enthusiastic Year 7 students as part of the Sky Sports, Living For Sports programme, 
for which Sue is a sports mentor.

The programme aims to use sport stars and sport skills to improve the lives of thousands of young people.

The ethos is that sport helps people think, helps people listen, helps people to speak up and helps people work together. 

Sue said: “Different sports inspire different people but one thing is true: there’s a sport for everyone and it can change your life.”

This is the fourth year that Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College has participated in the enjoyable six-week programme.

A spokesman for the school said: “It has been a great benefit to previous participants, who experienced a boost in confidence and a change in attitude towards sport.

“In addition, former students who took part in this scheme also showed a noticeable improvement in attainment and life skills.

“Sue inspired the group with her sharing the journey that she took to becoming the acclaimed sports personality she is today and gave the students practical advice and tips on how to reach their own personal sporting goal.

“This year’s participating students are looking forward to Sue’s return visit and further inspiration in the coming weeks.”

Sue Smith, in the centre of the photo, is pictured with Monks Dyke Tennyson College PE teacher Mrs Blackburn, who organised the visit and both are pictured with a bunch of very enthusiastic Year 7 students.

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