Students at Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College in Louth have hosted a very special guest in the form of England Women’s football captain Casey Stoney.
Casey, who plays for Lincoln City Ladies, visited the school as part of the Sky Sports Living For Sport project.
As one of the ambassadors for the scheme, Casey spent the morning working with students from the school, promoting fitness, sport and exercise and participation.
She explained how she came to be in the envious position she is in now, through perseverance and determination.
After a presentation Casey worked with a smaller group of students who will, as part of the project, have to take the lead in warm ups, cool downs and various parts of sports sessions.
She gave them ideas and plenty of knowledge to ensure the activities are both enjoyable and effective.
Casey started playing football when she was young and at the age of 10 she was playing with her local boys team until age restrictions on mixed football forced her to quit.
Her passion for the sport was so strong that she joined a local girls’ team and at the age of 15 was sent for England U16 trials and was rejected, but was selected on her second attempt.
Casey progressed quickly through the U18s and into the senior team, playing every minute of the World Cup in China in 2007 and winning the International Player of the Year.
Her career continues to rocket and she has since reached 100 caps for England, but the pinnacle her of career saw her captain the Team GB Women’s football team at the London 2012 Olympics, beating Brazil in front of 70,000 at Wembley Stadium.
She is now dedicated to promoting sport and fitness, helping to fulfil the Sporting Legacy inspired by the Olympic Games last summer, hence, her involvement with schemes such as the Sky Sports, Living for Sports.