England netballer gives top tips to pupils

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England netballer Eboni Beckford-Chambers gave pupils tips on how to become international sport stars when she spent the day at Penwortham Priory Academy.

Eboni visited the school in Crow Hills Road in her role as an ambassador for sportswear company Kukri, based at Walton Summit in Bamber Bridge.

The 25-year-old took a few hours out of her busy schedule to spend with a group of girls and share some training secrets, as she prepared for a test series held this weekend.

Eboni said: “It was great to visit Penwortham Priory Academy for the day.

“I was particularly impressed with all the sporting memorabilia displayed around the school celebrating sporting excellence and achievement.

“The staff were very hospitable and accommodating and I hope to visit again in the near future. The girls were all so enthusiastic about the sport which was great to see. We had a lot of fun and they showed just how talented they are.

“I’m sure it won’t be long before we see them wearing the oh so infamous Kukri red dress!”

The defender, who works as a lawyer and moved to Australia to play for West Coast Fever in 2012, talked to the youngsters about her travels abroad, how often she trains, what she eats, and injury and recovery.

She also invited the school’s netball team to watch the England side play in London.

Neil Gee, sports leader at Penwortham Priory Academy, said: “It was great to have an international sports star visit.

“Eboni took a lot of time and effort to conduct a question and answer session with our pupils about what playing for your country entails.

“The children were spellbound and got a lot out of the visit. Eboni is a superb role model and has inspired a number of girls to pursue their dreams of playing international sports.”

The three-day England v New Zealand v Jamaica Tri-Series gets underway today at Wembley Arena.

Kukri’s Tracy Anson said: “It was a brilliant day out - even though our typical British weather was against us we had a gap in the rain to allow the girls to have their photo taken with Eboni.”