On the day he was called up to the England squad, Manchester United’s flying full-back Luke Shaw made it a day to remember, as he made a surprise visit to Trinity CofE High School in Manchester, in support of this season’s ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup.
The action started with Trinity High School lining up an array of their own footballing talent to help Luke Shaw film a series of footballing questions, tricks and tip challenges for Sky Sports Game Changers.
Trinity High School pupil Luke Matheson became national news, when aged 15 years 336 days, he not only became Rochdale’s youngest ever debutant, but was named man of the match in the Checkatrade Trophy win over Bury. Completing an impressive cast of pupils supporting the Luke Shaw TV shoot, Matheson was joined by Manchester United youth players Marcus Lawrence, Mylan Benjamin, Manchester City youth player Khiara Keating and the school’s highly rated players, Taylor Gunn and Monique Bayliss.
Luke Shaw then moved on to support a Q&A, with the school’s sports complex buzzing with pupils who had their chance to put their question to the star guest. Among the answers, Shaw named Pogba as the king of nutmegs during training, whilst judging that Marcus Rashford would pip Antony Martial to the finish line if the squad had a 100m race. Shaw also claimed that Eric Bailly is the funniest teammate in the dressing room, whilst the recent Champions League victory against PSG is his favourite memory whilst he has been playing for United.
As part of this showcase for grassroots football, Trinity High School played Manchester East Academy in a specially arranged PlayStation Schools’ Cup Year 9 boys’ fixture. With the game finishing 2-2, the players were rewarded with the chance to meet Luke Shaw, with the Manchester United defender jumping into the middle of the team photos.
Away from Luke Shaw’s exciting appearance, well-performing pupils were rewarded by the ESFA giving PE lessons a brand-new look with their two football coaches putting on some fun training sessions throughout the school day. Acting as a further reward for pupils performing well in class, a PlayStation Gaming Zone was set up in the Sports Hall – with the prize for the pupil that won the lunchtime PS4 tournament, enjoying the chance of a lifetime to play against Luke Shaw on the popular FIFA 19 game.
We would like to say a big thank you to Luke Shaw for being such a great inspiration for grassroots football. Our appreciation also extends to Trinity CofE High School for hosting a first-class PlayStation Schools’ Cup event.