Leicester City star, Harry Maguire, has earnt a fine reputation as one of the best centre backs in the Premier League. However, it was his performance off the pitch that caught everyone’s eye when the visited Rawlins Academy in support of the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup.
During a pupil Q&A session, one of the stories the Foxes star touched on included his favourite goal being the dramatic last-minute equaliser he scored for the Foxes against Manchester United back in December. Maguire also explained that he felt Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos is the best centre back in the world, while England colleague, Harry Kane, is the most difficult striker he has faced and Kelechi Iheanacho has the best goal celebration in the Leicester City squad.
As part of the roadshow, Rawlins Academy played local school side Woodbrookvale in a specially arranged fixture. Prior to kick off both captains introduced their teammates to Maguire, before they enjoyed lining up with the Foxes star for team photos. In a closely fought game between the two teams from Loughborough, Woodbrookvale scored a late winner, to record a 3-2 victory. The home side would have felt unlucky not to earn a draw having hit the woodwork on five occasions.
Marking Maguire’s return to school, he took part in an art lesson challenge, having to draw one of his teammates, and the end result proved an excellent portrait of Jamie Vardy. The PlayStation Schools’ Cup social media channels will be releasing a video soon showcasing Maguire’s skills with the paintbrush.
It was not just Harry Maguire that was providing inspiration off the pitch. Sky Sports Soccer Saturday presenter Johnny Phillips attended the event to interview the Foxes defender. Whilst there, the Sky Sports presenter also spent time with the school’s media pupils to pass on some tips of the trade.
Now in its fifth season, the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup is the biggest schools’ football tournament for boys and girls in England, involving over 200,000 pupils.
You can follow all the behind-the-scenes action across the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook channels.
Facebook – search PlayStation Schools’ Cup
Instagram/Snapchat – search psschoolscup
We would like to say a big thank you to Harry Maguire for being such a fantastic ambassador and extend our appreciation to Rawlins Academy for hosting the seventh PlayStation Schools’ Cup roadshow of the season.