England international Sue Smith helped pass on her winning ways to students when she paid a visit to Sheffield Springs Academy.
Kickstarting her career with Tranmere Rovers in the 1990s, Sue went on to play football for a number of top league clubs including Leeds United, Lincoln Ladies and Doncaster Rovers Belles. Her fleet footed skills also won her a place in the national squad, representing England from 1997 until 2011, with a grand total of 93 caps.
Now a mentor for the Sky Sports Living for Sport Project, which works with young people aged 11-18 from across the country using sport to inspire students to achieve more, Sue called in on Sheffield Springs Academy last week, providing students from Years 7,8 and 9 with a sports masterclass.
She also worked with the academy’s indoor climbing club, teaching them the six steps to success that all world-class athletes have to achieve and how these can be used in everyday life. During the session, the students also took part in some fun activities based around communication and team-work in sport.
Commenting on her visit to the academy, Sue said:
“As a Sky Sports mentor, the aim is to help motivate young people through sport, focusing on six keys to success and working these into practical and theory sessions. At Sheffield Springs Academy, the students really responded to the sessions that they took part in and I was particularly impressed with how they listened and interacted throughout the day.”
Sheffield Springs Academy’s Principal Lee Morritt added:
“It’s always great to welcome someone of Sue’s caliber into the academy to help inspire and enthuse our students and show that them that, with hard work and determination, anything is possible.”