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Hundreds of schools from around the country supported the first-ever National Schools’ Football Week (5th to 9th February 2018), staged in conjunction with the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup. Whilst schools have been hosting football themed events and lessons throughout the week, high-profile players also came out in force to back this grassroots campaign.

Back in 2014 and 2015, twin brothers Ryan and Steven Sessegnon won the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup with Coombe Boys’ School. Since then they have gone on to start an impressive career with Fulham FC and England. In 2017, playing for England, Ryan won the European Championship with the U19s and Steven won the World Cup with the U17s. In support of National Schools’ Football Week, the brothers made a surprise visit back to Coombe Boys’ School.

Later that week, it was the turn of Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen and Spurs Ladies star Renée Hector to fly the flag for National Schools’ Football Week, when they visited The John Warner School in Hertfordshire.

Jan joined Spurs Ladies defender Hector to cheer on the school’s U15’s girls team in their PlayStation Schools’ Cup fixture against Freman College. Meeting the Spurs stars inspired John Warner to an emphatic 8-1 victory.

Hayley Wood-Thompson, teacher at John Warner School said “Having both Jan and Renée at our school today to help mark National Schools’ Football Week has been great fun. The children loved the energy and enthusiasm that they brought. We hope today’s experience will inspire our students to continue playing football.”

Throughout the week leading names from football gave their thumbs up emoji in support of National Schools’ Football Week, with Peter Crouch, Steph Houghton, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jack Butland, Callum Wilson, Tom Davies and ITV’s Clive Tyldesley lending their support through social media.

You can follow all the National Schools’ Football Week action across the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook channels.

Facebook – search PlayStation Schools’ Cup
Instagram/Snapchat – add/follow by searching psschoolscup

We would like to say a big thank you to Ryan and Steven Sessegnon, Jan Vertonghen, Renee Hector, Coombe Boys’ School and John Warner School for proving a great inspiration during National Schools’ Football Week. We also extend our appreciation to all the schools and pupils from around the country that have backed this campaign.