It was the turn of the red half of Merseyside to support the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup with familiar face and Liverpool star Nathaniel Clyne visiting Kirkby High School.
As well as supporting a packed media schedule, the 25-year-old full-back took part in an in-depth Q&A where he talked at length about how Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s down to earth approach helps build a great relationship with the players.
As part of this showcase for grassroots football, Kirkby High School played in a specially arranged PlayStation Schools’ Cup friendly fixture against All Saints Catholic High School. Prior to kick-off, both captains introduced their teammates to Clyne who then jumped into the middle of the team photos. Nathaniel was clearly an inspirational figure as Kirkby High School got their hands on the special PlayStation Schools’ Cup trophy with an impressive 6-2 win.
Nathaniel wasn’t the only renowned face that the pupils were queuing up for a signature from, with YouTuber Manny also making a special appearance. Manny put the Premier League player through a very fun challenge which will be hitting your screens soon at www.youtube.com/user/FIFAManny
The popular Sky Sports TV show Game Changers was also present and armed with the support of 10 pupils from Kirkby High School who put Clyne through a series of footballing questions, tricks and tip challenges.
Nathaniel also took on a lucky pupil at FIFA 17 in the schools’ Sports Hall which hosted a PlayStation Gaming Zone with 16 consoles and a range of the latest titles. As part of the day’s fun activities, pupils’ PE lessons were given a twist with the ESFA providing two professional football coaches to help them sharpen their skills.
We would like to say a big thank you to Nathaniel Clyne for being such a great inspiration for grassroots football. Our appreciation also extends to Kirkby High School for hosting a first class PlayStation Schools’ Cup event.