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England’s Ladies Reach Euro Semis

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Footballer, Casey Stoney MBE is a key player in a confident England team that has its eyes on the European Championship crown.

Casey, who has been capped 100 times for England ladies, was very confident that her side would end a 43-year wait to beat France in the Euro 2017 quarter-finals and her optimism was not misplaced.

The Lionesses beat France 1-0 and now face the Netherlands in Thursday’s semi-final.

England have reached the last four at the Euros on four previous occasions, most recently in 2009, when they were beaten by Germany in the final.

Let’s wind the clock back five years when YJA reporters interviewed the England star:

It was one of those special days where you are glad that you made the effort to join the Young Journalist Academy. At St Hugh’s school in Grantham, the hype was building as everyone waited for the arrival of  Casey Stoney. England women’s football legend and Team GB’s women’s football captain was coming in to deliver an inspiring assembly to the whole school. And yes, the Young Journalist Academy managed to get an exclusive interview with the 104-time capped centre back Stoney, who is part of the Sky Sports ‘Livin for Sport’ Project.

 The project uses sports stars and their skills to teach and help improve young peoples lives. Designed to inspire and support participants in every way possible whether it’s improving confidence, schoolwork or the health and well being of the young person, not to mention a day full of fun and no lessons.

 Independent research has shown that through the project 83% of young people have shown a positive improvement in their learning and 30% of pupils said that after taking part they had been inspired to go onto further study.

 After the day’s events, we spoke with Lincoln Ladies FC star Casey to see how her day had gone and she told us, “I have achieved more than I ever expected to here at St Hugh’s and it has been the best school I have worked with so far.” Quite some praise there from the 2007 International Player of the Year.

Stoney left the school very inspired and created a buzz that students are hoping to capitalise on by running their own sports and fitness programs.

 

 Here’s the original YJA film captured by the St Hugh’s journalists: