Pupils from an East Lancashire high school are among the 30,000 lucky people going to watch the Lionesses in the semi-final of the Women's Euros 2022 tonight.

Eight pupils from Marsden Heights Community College in Brierfield will be going to the match between England and Sweden at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, that kicks off at 8pm.

The tickets were secured by Football Beyond Borders – a social inclusion charity which uses football to empower young people.

They will be taking a total of 40 girls from south London and Lancashire as part of a residential and wanted the girls to watch the “electric” moment from the stands, which will be packed out as the match is a sell-out.

Head of brand at the charity, Ceylon Andi Hickman, 26, said: “There’s no way they would get to Sheffield without this residential and so we thought, we just have to get these tickets.

“The atmosphere and hype that has been built around this team – having this success at this Euros – is really palpable in the stadiums, and part of why I’m so passionate about getting the girls there is that they need to feel that first-hand, but also for that to be their norm as a 15-year-old to go to a first Lionesses game and for it be so electric.

“We were trying to keep it a surprise and not tell the girls because we didn’t want to disappoint them because we hate not coming through on our promises.

“Before we told them, we had to be absolutely certain and it was quite funny because we made the decision saying we won’t tell them all now because we hadn’t confirmed the transport and then accidentally, another team member told them.”

The girls from Brierfield are all part of the Football Beyond Borders girls programme at their school and have been on the programme for three years.

The charity has recently reached its £600 fundraising target for a coach to the event, with any extra funds raised going towards supporting its girls’ programmes.