School Sport: St Edwards get Carter visit
PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 January 2016
Arsenal and England Ladies striker returns to old school
St Edwards pupils had a special visit from former pupil Danielle Carter, of Arsenal and England Ladies, at their annual awards evening this week.
Carter returned to the Romford school to talk about her progress from Leyton Orient’s centre of excellence to the Arsenal first team and called scoring a hat-trick on her England debut against Estonia as the “best moment of her life”.
The 22-year-old also recalled having to ask headteacher Alan Perry for time off school to go travelling with the England under-17 squad and explained how her mum had encouraged her to study hard and have a back-up plan in case her footballing career did not work out.
Carter has just completed a degree in physiotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire and posed for photos with staff and other former pupils Molly Wilsher and Sam Kelly, who won outstanding sporting achievement awards.
Exams officer Carolyn Carter said: “The evening was held to celebrate the students’ success and to distribute certificates for the GCSE and A Level exams.
“This year we also included two awards for outstanding sporting achievement, arranged by our head of PE Beverley Escoffery.
“Molly and Sam were both in the sixth form last year and have now moved on. Molly is currently on a gap year and Sam is studying Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett.”
Escoffery added: “They were always willing to help others and put them before themselves. They are excellent role models, friendly, kind-hearted, and approachable, reliable and trustworthy young people.
“Over the last seven years myself and the PE department witnessed how passionate they have been about getting involved in school life and beyond, demonstrating the ability to able to balance their academic commitments in addition to extra-curricular demands.
“They have shown such initiative with offering not only their talent as sports competitors, but also their time and ideas to work with younger students.
“They demonstrated excellent leadership qualities when leading their peers and younger groups of students within our own school and also other schools in Havering.
“They have been key in getting other students excited and involved in school life and making things happen for the good of others.
“I enjoyed teaching and working with Molly and Sam and I really do wish them every success for the future. They will be missed at our school.”