Queens’ School in Bushey, Watford were treated to a school day filled with emotion and excitement when pupils were given the opportunity to meet their Arsenal hero Kieran Gibbs.
With the Arsenal training ground located close to Queens’ School, Gibbs was lending his support to the U15 girls team quarter final PlayStation Schools’ Cup fixture against Lynn Grove School from Great Yarmouth.
On a day when stormy weather conditions continued to affect the nation, the home side dominated play, securing a 5-2 victory over the visiting team and booked themselves a place in the semi-finals of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup.
Sarah Steadman, ESFA U15 England girls coach and teacher at Queens’ School said: “It was an amazing day and the staff and pupils enjoyed every minute of it. Kieran Gibbs was very supportive to the school and we can now look forward to a exciting chance of reaching the final in May.”
After supporting a training session with the U15 girls team, Gibbs was put through an interview session with the school’s aspiring journalists, answering a series of complex questions for the school’s magazine. Kieran also managed to squeeze in time to take on pupil Joash Nembead for a contest on the PlayStation 4 FIFA 14 game.
Kieran Gibbs said: “I had an amazing day visiting Queens’ School and it was fantastic to see grassroots football being supported to this level. I enjoyed taking part in a few drills with the girls prior to kick off and was really impressed by their ability.”
PlayStation Schools’ Cup would also like to thank national newspaper football correspondents John Cross (Daily Mirror), Matt Dunn (Daily Express) and Kevin Garside (Independent) for taking part in an additional Q&A session with the e-reporters from Queens’ School.