It proved a fitting occasion when Everton’s number ten, Gylfi Sigurdsson, made a surprise visit to St Margaret’s Academy in Liverpool to mark the tenth and final ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup roadshow of the season.
St Margaret’s Academy sports hall was packed with over 100 pupils, as they eagerly awaited the arrival of the star guest. As he entered the room, Gylfi Sigurdsson was greeted with a hero’s welcome.
During the pupil Q&A, Gylfi Sigurdsson explained that he played for his school team as a striker. The Icelandic international, went on to explain that Eden Hazard is the most difficult player he has faced, whilst he thinks Messi is the best player in the world. During the session, Sigurdsson also predicted that if the Everton squad staged a 100m race, Theo Walcott would be the winner.
Next up was the turn of pupils Miller Roberts, Lloyd Jamierson, Conlon Rosario, Will Twigger, Corey Harding and Kayden Oyadirarn, who were chosen to take centre stage alongside Gylfi Sigurdsson for a special TV shoot for Sky Sports Game Changers, which was filmed on the school’s brand-new all-weather pitch.
St Margaret’s Academy have a strong footballing pedigree of their own, and they are a former winner of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup. Gylfi met both teams prior to a Year 7 football fixture between St Margaret’s Academy and their local opposition St Hilda’s School.
Adding to the Everton star’s exciting appearance, well-performing pupils were rewarded with a PlayStation 4 gaming experience set up in their Sports Hall, whilst the ESFA staged football coaching sessions throughout the school day. One of the pupils even won the chance of a lifetime when he had a match against Gylfi Sigurdsson on the popular FIFA 19 game.
We would like to say a big thank you to Gylfi Sigurdssonfor proving a great inspiration to grassroots football and extend our appreciation to St Margaret’s Academy for hosting our final roadshow of the season.