With the summer break now over, it’s back to the classroom and onto the sports fields for South Hunsley from Melton, who will be competing in the biggest grassroots football competition in the country, the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) PlayStation®Schools’ Cup.
PlayStation’s partnership with the ESFA enters its fourth season having already given over 200,000 pupils a chance to represent their school in national competitions. The tournaments are open to both boys and girls across U12-U15 secondary school age categories.
PlayStation Schools’ Cup fixtures will take place between September 2016 and March 2017, with the National Finals played out at a multiple day football Festival at a professional football stadium. South Hunsley will be taking part in the under 12 to under 18 boys and girls competitions.
The competition has received backing from players at the highest level too. Throughout the last three seasons, over 30 leading professional footballers including the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Harry Kane, Juan Mata and England women’s national captain Steph Houghton have lent their support to helping inspire the next generation of football stars.
ESFA Chairman Alan Johnston said: “The smiles on the faces of so many pupils at the various events supported by famous Premier League footballers is a huge testament to the positive impact PlayStation continues to have on grassroots football. PlayStation’s support helps us to continue to improve our professional structure for schools football competitions across the country and we are all extremely excited to be extending our successful partnership for a fourth season. We wish all the teams taking part in the competition the best of luck.”