The first woman to present BBC One's Match of the Day visited a Walton school to inspire the next generation.

Jacqui Oatley took part in the Inspiring Women in Sport campaign and brought her experiences of getting into sports journalism to Rydens Enterprise School on Thursday, February 26.

She said: "I’m absolutely delighted to be playing a small part in this fantastic campaign.

"When I was at school, I adored sport but had no idea whatsoever about potential careers. I was never encouraged to consider working in sport and didn’t think of it as a realistic option.

"It was only after a few years of working in a different sector that I decided life was too short to be unfulfilled and that I should explore all avenues towards sports journalism.

"I’m relieved now that I did because I love my job and can’t quite believe that I get paid to watch football. I’m hoping to be able to encourage and inspire the students I meet to open their minds to the different options."

The campaign backed by BT Sport, the British Olympic Association and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, from February 23 to March 1 was all about getting young women to consider a career in sport.

Sports minister Helen Grant says: "I am thrilled to see influential women who have made such an impact in the sports broadcasting world, sharing their knowledge and inspiring a whole new generation of young women, keen to carve out a career in sport."