Inspiration through sport was the message brought to Birkbeck School in North Somercotes by women’s football captain Casey Stoney.
The Lincoln City Ladies defender and Team GB captain in the 2012 Olympics visited the school on Friday to speak to pupils about her career and life.
After giving a whole-school assembly Casey spent time with a group of gifted and talented PE students as part of Sky Sports’ Living for Sport project.
The students will each create their own case study from the visit and in turn will go on to local primary schools to pass on the message.
She told the students how they could apply sport to other areas of their lives and urged them to pass on their experiences to the next generation.
Casey, 30, has so far picked up 105 England caps in a glittering career in the women’s game which saw her named FIFA International Player of the Year award in 2007-8 as well as winning a Premier League and two FA Cup medals.
The project is taking place around the UK with the likes of Darren Campbell, rugby star Katy Storie and hockey bronze medallist Alex Danson.
“It’s a massive privilege to come here and try and get these young people to make the right life choices,” she said.
“Though this is not all about sport, but sport can be used as a tool to raise confidence and self esteem and it gives people a sense of responsibilty when they might feel disengaged.
“I spoke to the whole school in assembly and was getting emotional myself talking about my journey.”
The school’s head of PE, Lawrence Baird, added: “It’s great to have somebody who has achieved so much in to inspire our students.
“Casey is the first Olympic athlete to visit the school and she gave an inspirational assembly and one the students will remember for a long time.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for them to take this forward in their case studies.”