St John Rigby College welcomed England Football star, Sue Smith, who came to inspire sport students who are on A Level Programmes or in the BTEC Performance and Excellence Academy.
As part of her presentation, Sue shared her story of how she became an international footballer. She wanted to get across that she was an ordinary teenager who had a passion for football and by training hard and preserving through occasional negative criticism she reached the top of her game.
Sue also engaged those who aren’t trying to make it as professional athletes by reinforcing the skills they will gain by participating, such as responsibility, confidence, time management, sportsmanship and commitment.
In the afternoon, Sue took the girls’ football team on the 3G pitch for a training session and then watched them use the skills they had learnt in a game. At the end of the game, Sue gave an analysis of their play, giving them positive and constructive feedback.
Alyson Hastie, College Sports Maker, said, “Sue visited the College as part of Sport England’s National Lottery funded project, ‘Sportivate.’ She was so inspirational for the girls and talked about how she overcame the challenges that female athletes face. It was great for them to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport with an international player.”