When you watch a Premier League star being interviewed on BBC Match of the Day, it’s hard to judge the personality of a player. What became apparent when England and Crystal Palace star Ruben Loftus-Cheek visited Ravensbourne School in Bromley, was how instantly likeable he is, with all the teachers and attending media impressed at what a genuine character he was.
It was no surprise that when the humble presence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek walked into the PE studio packed with pupils, he was greeted by a loud applause. During this pupil Q&A session, Ruben admitted he will never forget his first goal for Chelsea back in 2016, when his strike helped the Blues knockout Scunthorpe in the FA Cup. With the star name now playing for Crystal Palace, he also explained that teammate Wilfried Zaha is the king of nutmegs in training and he would vote for Manchester City’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne as this season’s Premier League Player of the Year.
One of the highlights of this roadshow event, saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek take on the school’s U15 captain, Ryan McCourt, for a battle on the popular FIFA 18 game. Recreating Ruben’s England debut, he was representing the Three Lions and Ryan had picked Germany. By the time the FIFA 18 game started, over 100 pupils had gathered in the sports hall, chanting Ruben’s name throughout this contest on PS4. Ruben went down 1-0, but with the crowd behind him, he showcased his skills on FIFA 18 to come back and celebrate a 2-1 victory.
Immediately, after the FIFA 18 game, pupil Ryan McCourt, pulled on his goal keepers gloves and dashed to the school’s brand new astro turf pitch, as Ravensbourne and Riddlesdown schools took part in an U15 football fixture. Ruben Loftus-Cheek took time to meet both teams prior to kick-off. The fixture finished 2-2, proving a fitting finale to a day that hundreds of pupils can now hold in their memories when Ruben Loftus-Cheek visited them at school.
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We would like to say a big thank you to Ruben Loftus-Cheek for proving a great inspiration to grassroots football and extend our appreciation to Ravensbourne School for hosting the ninth PlayStation Schools’ Cup roadshow of the season.