England footballer Sue Smith inspired students at Skegness Grammar School with stories about her journey to the top of the women’s game recently.
The winger, who plays for Doncaster Belles, gave workshops and training sessions during her visit.
Sue’s 93 caps includes 16 goals since making her debut in 1997. Recently, she has balanced her playing career work with media opportunities for the BBC and Sky Sports.
Sport Enrichment Assistant Jonathan Green said Sue took SGS’s media team on a journey from the school playing fields to being selected for the FIFA All-Stars XI in 1999.
She missed the European Championships in 2005 through injury but used the opportunity to begin her media career.
Students put the lessons to the test as they conducted interviews with Sue.
Year 9 student Thomas Tuplin said: “Sports journalism is something that interests me a lot so to have someone like Sue Smith visit and be able to ask for advice and tips can only help me improve”.
Students of all abilities measured their skills and ability against Sue throughout the day with several football sessions.
Mr Green said: “It was a real positive. Holding an open training session so all girls were able to train with an England International is something that doesn’t get to happen very often.
“The advice and sharing of experience with our student media and tech teams has been invaluable to their progression.”