The week leading up to the Christmas break is an exciting time for any pupil. For this year’s festive celebrations, students at Drapers Academy were given a special treat they will never forget, when West Ham star Aaron Cresswell visited their school in support of this season’s ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup.
Adding to the festive spirit, the Drapers Academy main hall was converted into a PS4 gaming zone throughout the school day. Their pupil Timmi Tinubu won the lunchtime FIFA 19 tournament and his prize was the chance to take on Aaron Cresswell on the popular football game. Cresswell showed his competitive nature by bringing the score level after being 2-0 down. Playing in front of his classmates, it was the Drapers star pupil that scored a dramatic last-minute goal to win this FIFA 19 contest on PS4.
The PS4 gaming zone also played host to a Cresswell Q&A session with over 80 pupils. One of the stories the Hammers’ star talked through was that he started his career as a striker when playing for the Liverpool FC youth academy, before he was converted into a full back. He went on to explain that his favourite goal for West Ham was the stunning free-kick strike against Manchester City, while also revealing his teammate Manuel Lanzini is the king of nutmegs during training.
As part of the roadshow, Drapers planned specially-arranged boys’ and girls’ football fixtures against local opponents Redden School. After the fixtures, both captains introduced their teammates to Cresswell. Six pupils from the school were also rewarded by being selected to star alongside their Hammers’ hero in a Sky Sports Game Changers feature filmed at the event.
You can follow all the behind-the-scenes action across the PlayStation Schools’ Cup social media channels.
We would like to say a big thank you to Aaron Cresswell for being such a great inspiration for grassroots football. Our appreciation also extends to Drapers Academy for hosting the sixth PlayStation Schools’ Cup roadshow of the season.