Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey gave pupils from Marlborough Science Academy a fantastic surprise as he made his way through the school gates to support the first PlayStation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round roadshow of the season.
The Welshman visited the St Albans school to cheer on their Under 15 football team as they took on St Bonaventure’s RC School from Forest Gate, London, in the second round of the ESFA Under 15 PlayStation Schools’ Cup. The visitors prevailed in the fixture 5-0; however it was an incredibly tough draw so early on in the competition for Marlborough, with their opponents the winners of last season’s highly coveted London Cup.
Marlborough Science Academy PE Faculty teacher Paul Cockram added: “It was an amazing surprise for all the pupils to have Aaron with us for the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round and to cheer on the school football team. The energy and enthusiasm on the day was amazing and we were really overwhelmed with how PlayStation involved everyone within the school – the only challenge was the return to normality the next day!”
Ramsey commented: “It was fantastic to come along to Marlborough Science Academy and support grassroots football first hand. I still look back and hold incredible memories of representing my school football team when I was younger and I wouldn’t be where I am today without that experience. The PlayStation Schools’ Cup is a fantastic initiative and I would encourage as many schools and pupils to get involved as possible.”
Lucky pupil Christian Spratling got closer to Aaron Ramsey than most, as he challenged the Arsenal star to a game of the newly released FIFA 15. Ramsey showed his real-life football skills were transferrable to the virtual world as he picked up a 2-1 win, but amusingly with Christian scoring with Ramsey’s virtual counterpart!