Carshalton secondary school, Stanley Park High, will take to the hallowed turf of Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium this month as they bid to win the prestigious English Schools’ FA Cup.
The girls’ team will face Bottisham Village College, Cambridge on 21st May, hoping to be crowned the Under 15 Girls’ PlayStation Schools’ Cup champions, as part of the three-day PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival, which runs from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd May.
The girls have reached the final two from 256 schools and battled through eight rounds to get to this point.
Adam Griffith, Head of PE and Sport at Stanley Park High said, “The girls have done fantastically well to reach the final of a national football competition; something no other Stanley Park High team has done since the school opened. They have worked so hard to reach the final of this major tournament; we are incredibly proud of them.”
The finals festival sees all players given the full match-day experience. They will warm up in Reading FC’s £1million indoor training facility before changing in the main stadium dressing room and making their way onto the Madejski Stadium pitch in front of a lively and enthusiastic crowd.
With free entry for all attendees, the Festival has become a popular day out for supporters and school friends. Over 6,000 spectators attended last year’s finals. A feast of football, celebrity appearances and a series of spectator competitions and activities contribute to the electric atmosphere. The volume will be cranked up even louder this year with a decibel meter measuring the noisiest supporters each day.
Last year’s Festival was backed by Peter Crouch, Leighton Baines and England women’s captain Steph Houghton. This year’s finals are set to attract a host of star names keen to support this highly acclaimed grassroots initiative – the biggest in England.
PlayStation UK Marketing Director Mark Bowles commented: “We’re delighted to return to Reading Football Club for the 2018 PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival. It is great to give so many pupils the chance to represent their school in a national tournament. For the competing players and their travelling supporters, the trip to the Madejski Stadium will be their equivalent to a Wembley final.”
ESFA Chairman, Owen Aiston, added: “The ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the very best Schools’ Football talent in England. Teams who have made it to the National Finals have already shown themselves to be amongst the best squads in the country, which is an outstanding achievement for all involved. We are thrilled to be welcoming schools and their supporters back to Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium for, what is sure to be, another fantastic event.”
You can follow all the Festival action on www.playstationschoolscup.com or across the social media channels:
- Psschoolscup or schoolsfootball for Snapchat and Instagram
- twitter.com/PSSchoolsCup or www.twitter.com/schoolsfootball