Hull City star Tom Huddlestone has helped an east Hull school football team reach the semi-finals of PlayStation Schools’ Cup.
The U-14 Boys’ team from Malet Lambert School reached the final four of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup after an emphatic victory, beating Brockington College from Leicester 10-3.
Tom Huddlestone’s school visit included supporting a warm-up session with the team and gave them some tips prior to the match.
Huddlestone said: “It’s important to help inspire the youngsters.
“At grassroots level in sport, it is vital to encourage and help those taking part as much as possible. Hull City are doing very well at the moment and, since we got promoted, it has given the whole city a lift.
“The success of the school team in the PlayStation Schools’ Cup is also great for Hull.”
Andy Ripley, head of PE at Malet Lambert, believes the day gave everyone at the school a boost.
He said: “The PlayStation Schools’ Cup activities have created a real buzz in the school. Having Tom Huddlestone down has been brilliant. He is such a good role model and it gives something for the young lads to aspire to. Everyone was talking about the game. It is a day that will live in the memory of pupils here for a long time.”
Malet Lambert’s team captain and five-goal hero Billy Chadwick, 14, was delighted by Huddlestone’s appearance.
He said: “I am very proud of what we have done and we deserve to be here. The key to our success has been our hard work. It gave us a lot of confidence with Tom Huddlestone coming down to watch us.”
The semi-final will see Malet Lambert play Honley High School, of Huddersfield, at home in a couple of weeks.
Other pupils at the school were involved in training sessions throughout the day with coaches from the English Schools’ FA, as part of the partnership with PlayStation.
Those interested in sport, but not so much in competing, were given the chance to interview Huddlestone. They could also take part in the PlayStation e-reporter competition.
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