A Sutton PE teacher has been named as an ambassador for TeamUp for her dedication in getting girls involved in sport.

The three-year TeamUp initiative, developed by the England & Wales cricket board, England hockey and England netball, will encourage girls aged between seven and 13 to play team sports.

New TeamUp ambassador, Victoria Walters, 25, teaches PE at Greenshaw High School.

She told Sutton Guardian: "I knew from when I was a student at school that I wanted to be a PE teacher. I always enjoyed it. I played football for 10 years and I play netball. When I was at school I loved PE lessons.

"I took inspiration from my teachers to take part in physical activity. It is a chance to relieve stress and to enjoy taking part. We want everyone to have that."

Next year Victoria is running in a half marathon - an example she uses to girls at school to not be afraid to try something new.

She wants girls to become fearless with their physical education and she gave the following advice.

"It is important to find the right sport for you. If you don't like one sport try something else. Give it a go and build new friendships. I would always suggest bringing a friend too. It will encourage you and you will be more comfortable. "

Victoria, who was selected for TeamUp because of her work organising extra-curricular sporting activities in Greenshaw, is excited to have joined such a "great organisation".

She said: "It is important to change stigmas about why girls don't take part. TeamUp is aiming to ensure that every school in the country is offering either hockey, netball or cricket to students.

"My role is to introduce girls to these sports."

It is an historic time for female sport in England as the country prepares to host three consecutive women's world cups.