English Schools Football Association’s Playstation Event

On Wednesday 21st November St Matthew’s played host to the English Schools Football Association’s Playstation event. They hold ten events a year throughout the country and due to the school’s continued and long standing participation in the national cup competitions, St Matthew’s were chosen for their third event of this season.

As part of the event, a Playstation zone was set up within the sports hall, so that over 400 students were able to have access throughout the day, in order to take part in games such as FIFA 19, Gran Turismo and NBA 2K18. Football training sessions run by FA qualified coaches were also enjoyed by the pupils out on our 3G pitch.

The event climaxed with a VIP visit from Manchester City and England star John Stones. Seven of our students were involved with interviewing John for both the Sky Sports Game Changers programme and CBBC Match of the day, which will be aired on TV shortly before Christmas. Soccer AM were also in attendance to record an interview with John and that will be shown on their Saturday morning show.

All of our football team players were also involved in a very special Q&A session where they got to ask the questions. John spoke very eloquently about his experiences of being a professional footballer and gave insights into many of his Man City and England team mates.

John then met the captain of the year 7 football team, Lucas White, who introduced him to all the players, before having a team photo with them. After this John was involved in an epic FIFA 19 match against Year 11 pupil Leighton Cleary. Leighton had won the right to play the Man City star by winning the competition that had taken place earlier in the day. In the end Leighton showed his class by beating John 1-0 in a very exciting match that was cheered on by the rest of the Year 10 and 11 football team. They then had the opportunity to take selfies with the star.

This was a great event and one that I’m sure will be treasured for a long time by the pupils and staff who were involved. A massive thank you goes to the ESFA and Playstation for this opportunity, to John Stones for agreeing to take part in the event and being so great with our pupils, to the pupils for their excellent attitude and behaviour throughout the day and to all the staff that enabled this event to be such a success. ST MATTHEW'S FOREVER!

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