Rugby ace Katy passes on tips

INSPIRATION ... England Women's rugby player Katy Storie with Boldon School pupils.
INSPIRATION ... England Women's rugby player Katy Storie with Boldon School pupils.

AN international star visited a South Tyneside school to teach kids about the benefits of sport.

Katy Storie, who plays for England Women’s rugby union side, dropped in at Boldon School to talk to pupils about the importance of good behaviour and sticking in at lessons.

And the presence of the 31-year-old prop forward went down a storm.

Ian Noble, assistant headteacher and director of sport for the school said: “It was excellent having Katy here. It showed the kids what they can do if they put their minds to something.

“She brought along some of her England shirts and medals, and they loved seeing them.

“The activities Katy carried out really helped to improve their confidence and to feel better about themselves. She said she really enjoyed meeting them, and that they were the most responsible kids she’s ever worked with.”

Katy’s visit was arranged as part of the school’s partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and Living For Sport Project, as she is an ambassador for sponsors Sky Sports.

She said: “I really enjoyed working with the group, because they were chosen for all the right reasons, as kids who were interested in sport and had real leadership qualities.

“They responded really well to the workshop I did with them, listened attentively and asked questions. The teachers were impressed with what they achieved.”

As well as winning 24 caps for England since making her debut in 2006, she also plays for Team Northumbria and was part of the Great Britain weightlifting squad before taking up rugby.

vicki.newman@northeast-press.co.uk