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Pupils attending a football-themed numeracy and literacy day at the American Express Community Stadium were given the chance to quiz Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s FC’s Northern Ireland international Laura Rafferty.

The talented midfielder joined the Albion from Chelsea Ladies in January and was an ever-present during the Seagulls’ FA WSL Spring Series.

She recently took time out of her schedule to talk to pupils at an enrichment day organised by Albion in the Community...

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Women’s international footballer talks to students as part of Albion-themed enrichment day

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Pupils attending a football-themed numeracy and literacy day at the American Express Community Stadium were given the chance to quiz Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s FC’s Northern Ireland international Laura Rafferty.

The talented midfielder joined the Albion from Chelsea Ladies in January and was an ever-present during the Seagulls’ FA WSL Spring Series.

She recently took time out of her schedule to talk to pupils at an enrichment day organised by Albion in the Community (AITC).

Students from years seven, eight and nine at St Leonards Academy visited the American Express Community Stadium for the interactive numeracy and literacy day as part of the school’s resilience programme.

The pupils were given a tour of the stadium and visited the club’s museum, where they took part in a quiz about the history of the Albion, before tackling numeracy tasks based around football statistics and player data.

They were then challenged to prepare questions to put to Rafferty and then interview the Northern Ireland international.

Rob Josephs, AITC’s curriculum development officer, was delighted with the students and praised the effort they put in throughout the day.

He said: “Our enrichment days are designed to engage and inspire young people, to raise their aspirations and to help them develop the skills and resilience needed to be successful in the future.

“Using football as a theme helps us engage with the young people we work with and being able to invite them to the American Express Community Stadium and meet people like Laura really inspires them.

“Hopefully the pupils from St Leonards Academy had a great day with us – they certainly seemed to and they worked very hard at the tasks and challenges we set them.

“Our thanks go to Laura for giving up her time to come and join in with the day. She gave the pupils a real insight into life as footballer; the challenges players can face in their careers; and how important it is to always strive to improve.”

For more information on how your school can work with AITC, email: schools@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.