Hundreds of schools from around the country supported this season’s National Schools’ Football Week (4th to 8th February 2019), staged in conjunction with the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup. Whilst schools have been hosting football-themed events and lessons throughout the week, high-profile names from football also came out in force to back this grassroots campaign.
Spurs midfielder Harry Winks, who recently celebrated his 23rd birthday, is regarded as one of the brightest young English players to emerge in the Premier League. Having come through the Tottenham Hotspur’s youth ranks to establish himself as a key player for the club he supported as a youngster, Harry Winks proved the perfect inspiration for Schools’ Football Week, when he visited Simon Balle School in Hertford.
Harry Winks’ tour of the school started with a Q&A session attended by over 70 pupils. Winks then walked across to the football pitch, where the captains of the Simon Balle v Chauncy School (Year 10) fixture introduced their teammates to their Spurs hero, before one lucky pupil claimed the prize of taking on the star guest for a game of FIFA 19 for PS4. Rounding off a special day for Simon Balle, their pupils Tatiana Flores and Ellis Day fronted up an interview that will be aired on Sky Sports Game Changers.
Later that week, it was the turn of Sky Sports presenter Chris Kamara to fly the flag for National Schools’ Football Week, when he visited Lymm High School in Cheshire.
Chris Kamara is a legend among football fans, whether it be for his playing days as a tough-tackling midfielder, or his renowned commentary style for Sky Sports. A range of boys and girls football teams from Lymm High School were put through a series of defending, passing and shooting training drills, hosted by Chris Kamara, as part of the prize for winning the National Schools’ Football Week #CoachKam competition.
Throughout the week, leading names from football gave a thumbs up emoji in support of National Schools’ Football Week, with Callum Wilson, Steph Houghton, James Milner and John Stones lending their support through social media. Fulham FC star Ryan Sessegnon even posted a throwback tweet that included a photograph of when he won PlayStation Schools’ Cup back in 2014, playing for Coombe School.
You can revisit all the action from National Schools’ Football Week across the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the star names from football who helped mark this celebration of schools’ football. We also extend our appreciation to all the schools, teachers and pupils from around the country that have backed this campaign.