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England footballer visits schools
England goalkeeper Rachel Brown
Blackpool Council hopes Rachel Brown can inspire pupils
A Lancashire council hopes a visit by an England women's footballer to four schools on Thursday will help encourage pupils to take up sport.

Blackpool Council has arranged the visit of Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown ahead of the women's European Championships which start in June.

Blackpool FC is among several North West venues hosting the tournament.

Brown will visit Devonshire Juniors, St Teresa's Primary, St John's Primary and Highfield High School.

'Positive role model'

Blackpool's Bloomfield Road will host three matches during the European Championships.

The City of Manchester Stadium, home of Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park, Preston North End's Deepdale and Warrington Rugby League Club's Halliwell Jones Stadium will also stage games.

Paul Walker, Director of Leisure, Culture and Community Learning at Blackpool Council, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for pupils in Blackpool to meet Rachel just before the UEFA Championships.

"Rachel is a positive role model who will hopefully encourage more young people to take part in sport regardless of ability, age, culture or gender."

Blackpool Council, Blackpool Primary Care Trust and Blackpool Police last month launched the Blackpool Life - Rise to the Challenge, a year-long programme of events and activities aimed at encouraging healthy lifestyles.

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