A SCHOOL near Haslemere welcomed the face of international women’s rugby to its annual prize giving.

Maggie Alphonsi, MBE, who represented her country an impressive 74 times and helped England win a record breaking seven consecutive Six Nations crowns, was the guest speaker at the event at Barrow Hills School in Witley

She joined the children as they said goodbye to those leaving to move on to their next schools and honoured those who have been recognised for their achievements and outstanding talent over the past year.

“Having Maggie present at our end of year prize giving service provides our children with a wonderful opportunity to meet with a high-profile sports woman, whose sporting achievements are legendary,” said headmaster Sean Skehan.

“She has accomplished so much in a sport that was historically dominated by men, becoming the first ever former female player to commentate on men’s international rugby. All of this whilst still continuing with her academic studies, obtaining an MSc and BSc in sports & exercise.

“She is truly an inspiration to all our children.”

“It is always rewarding to meet with young children who are just starting to carve out their hopes and ambitions for the future,” said Maggie.

“From spending time with the children today, the school’s strong ethos is clearly evident; to encourage children to believe in themselves and to strive to achieve to the very best of their ability.”