More big names in the classroom as PlayStation® Schools’ Cup continues its success11 Feb 2015, Posted by Events, Football, Gaming in
Now in its second season, the PlayStation® Schools’ Cup’s star appeal shows no sign of dwindling as a number of top-name Premier League players have come out in their droves to support the programme in the 2014/15 season.
This grassroots football partnership between PlayStation and the English Schools’ FA has so far visited seven schools as part of the Tie of the Round roadshow, with 19 different PlayStation-backed national tournaments now approaching the quarter final stage and beyond.
These seven schools across England have enjoyed not only an appearance from a Premier League star, but a day to remember for all the pupils with a PlayStation gaming zone set up in their school, football coaching sessions from ESFA coaches and also a Q&A with the player himself.
The partnership has captured the imagination of the media too with 20 national newspaper articles, 14 national TV features and five regional TV features featuring PlayStation Schools’ Cup content. The nation’s regional press are also keenly following their local schools’ fortunes in the competitions and have penned 121 articles in print to date.
The Premier League stars that have backed the PlayStation Schools’ Cup this season are: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), James Milner (Manchester City), Leighton Baines (Everton), Fraser Forster (Southampton) and Michael Dawson (Hull City).
There are just three events remaining before the end of the season before everything gears up for the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival – where 15 national finals of the PlayStation-backed tournaments take place across three days. Last season’s event saw over 5,000 spectators witness the talents of some of England’s finest young schools footballers in action, and hopes are high for this year’s to be even bigger – game on!