England Women's international Casey Stoney visits NPA.

This half term, Nene Park Academy and Peterborough United welcomed Casey Stoney MBE for the day. Casey, the former England and GB captain, with 124 Caps for her country, spent the day working with a number of different students in the school.

The day started with an assembly for all year 7 & 8 girls to speak to them about the importance of taking part in sport. Casey told the students her story of how she started playing football at an early age in the street where she grew up. Aged 10 she was playing with her local boys’ team until age restrictions on mixed football meant she had to then quit. Casey had found a hunger for the sport and joined a local girls’ team to continue playing.

Casey also explained how she has achieved the pinnacle of her career so far when she captained Team GB in Women's Football at the London 2012 Olympics, beating Brazil in front of 70,000 at Wembley Stadium.

Casey then worked with our under 18 girl’s football team, along with the Posh Female Futsal scholars where the players were worked extremely hard in a coaching session. The Nene Park Academy girls Under 18’s are currently preparing for the next round of the National cup.

Casey also spent some time working with a focus group of girls in year 7, 8 & 9 about the importance of self-belief and mental toughness. Over 30 players were involved in sessions throughout the day and those that weren’t thoroughly enjoyed the time spent by Casey in the school. Casey will be again visiting the school at the end of July as a special guest for the annual Nene Park Academy Sports Awards.