It proved a dream school day for over 70 pupils at East Manchester Academy as Manchester City and England women’s captain Steph Houghton made a surprise visit to support the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) PlayStation Schools’ Cup.
As well as helping encourage female participation in the PlayStation Schools’ Cup, the event coincided with Girls Football Week, which is an initiative set up by The FA. Now in its fourth season, the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup is the biggest schools’ football tournament in England, featuring over 15,000 girls taking part in this year’s competitions.
Steph Houghton, who recently captained Manchester City to their first ever Women’s Super League title, gave the 70 pupils the chance to quiz her about her football career during a Q&A. As part of the visit, Steph spent time to put the 16 girls, aged between 13 and 15, from the East Manchester Academy team through a football training drill, ahead of the team playing in the next round of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup. The young female players all jumped at the chance to get Steph Houghton’s autograph at the end of the training session.
Steph Houghton explained: “I was delighted to be asked by PlayStation Schools’ Cup to help support Girls Football Week. Being able to pass on some advice to the girls from East Manchester Academy certainly proved a fitting occasion to help increase female participation in football.”
We would like to say a big thank you to Steph Houghton for being such a great inspiration for involving more girl footballers in this season’s PlayStation Schools’ Cup. Our appreciation also attends to East Manchester Academy for being such welcome hosts.