England and Manchester City star works with Hartlepool pupils to promote female sport

Clavering's Dragons in the huddle

Clavering's Dragons in the huddle

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A top female footballer spent a memorable day with sporty pupils as part of a prize for the school’s commitment to promoting girls’ sport.

Lucy Bronze, England lioness and also a Manchester City Women’s FC player, spent a day with Key Stage 2 girls from Clavering Primary School.

The girls battle for the ball

The girls battle for the ball

Lucy, who was part of the team that came third at this year’s World Cup, joined them and staff for its first WeCanPlay football competitions held at the Seaton Sports Domes.

Lucy’s visit was one of Clavering primary’s main prizes for winning a national FA competition for their commitment to promoting girls’ participation in PE and sport.

Deputy headteacher, Neil McAvoy, who oversees Clavering’s award-winning PE and Sport Programme, said: “Having won the competition and the opportunity to meet Lucy, we wanted to mark the occasion with something extra special.

“Eighty girls were involved in the competitions and the event was something that the girls will, without doubt, always remember.

Something that the girls will, without doubt, always remember

Neil McAvoy, Clavering Primary School deputy headteacher

“Including the Clavering staff members, over one hundred people were involved in what was a truly special day.”

The girls competed in a Middle School Girls’ Cup which was won by the Clavering Tigers, and the Upper School Girls’ Cup which was won by the Clavering Panthers.

Lucy said: “I had a great day in Hartlepool; so many girls excited to be out playing football.

“It was something that I didn’t have growing up, but it’s so good to be able to go to schools like Clavering with so many girls playing and see for myself how much girls’ football is growing.”

Lucy Bronze with the Bears team

Lucy Bronze with the Bears team

The event was supported by Paul and Aimee Stabler from Hartlepool Pools Youth FC plus FA skills coach Andy Cook, FA development officer Tina Reed and two former Clavering sports stars, Niamh Mulvihill and Hannah Gillies.

Clavering Tigers captain Amy, aged eight, who scored 17 goals, said: “We all had an amazing time! It was so exciting to meet Lucy and play in front of her.”

Clavering's Tigers team celebrate with their trophy

Clavering's Tigers team celebrate with their trophy

The girls deal with a throw in during one game

The girls deal with a throw in during one game

Lucy Bronze with all the girls and everyone involved with the Lets Play event

Lucy Bronze with all the girls and everyone involved with the Lets Play event