The biggest grassroots football competition in England met the Premier League’s standout star as Riyad Mahrez supported the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup.
Mahrez, who has been key in propelling Leicester City to the top of the Premier League, visited Wigston Academy following the school’s Under 12 team reaching the last eight of the ESFA Under 12 9-a-side PlayStation Schools’ Cup.
The all-conquering Year 7 team spent plenty of time with Mahrez as they supported a Q&A with the Algerian and it briefly looked like they had a new player for their upcoming quarter final as he jumped into their team photo.
Mahrez took on a number of fun outdoor activities including the now famous Sky Sports Game Changers goal challenge, and a skill challenge with World Freestyle Champion John Farnworth for CBBC Match of the Day Kickabout – keep an eye out for both!
A lunchtime FIFA 16 tournament in the PlayStation Gaming Zone set up in the school’s Sports Hall was won by Ashay, who as well as winning a trip to the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival in May, won the chance to play Mahrez at the game. Unfortunately he was narrowly edged out 1-0, with Mahrez proving his virtual football skills are just as good as his real life ones!
It was a memorably day for Wigston Academy, with pupils also treated to professional coaching sessions laid on by the ESFA throughout the day.
We would like to say a huge thankyou to Wigston Academy for their incredible hospitality and to Riyad Mahrez for being a fantastic ambassador for the PlayStation Schools’ Cup. We wish him the best of luck in their clash with Arsenal on Sunday!