ESFA PlayStation®Schools’ Cup Festival moved to iPro Stadium
Wednesday 19 April 2017By ESFA Office
Following a reschedule to stadium building work at Stoke City, this season’s ESFA PlayStation®Schools’ Cup Festival has been moved to Derby County Football Club
Staged from 15th to 17th May, 30 school finalists will be given the full match day experience, making their way to the home or away dressing room before walking out onto the hallowed turf at Pride Park.
Some of the best young footballing talent in England will experience a taste of Premier League stardom, as they take part in the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) PlayStation®Schools’ Cup Festival, staged at the Pride Park Stadium from 15th - 17th May.
A total of 15 boys’ and girls’ national schools’ football finals will be contested across the three days in U12 to U15 age categories. Now in its fourth season, the ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup has grown into the biggest and most acclaimed football tournament for secondary schools in England with over 2,000 teams taking part.
The 30 school finalists will be given the full match day experience throughout the festival. After warming up at Powerleague Derby, situated next to the Stadium, they will make their way to the home or away dressing room before walking out onto The Ram's hallowed turf.
With entry free for all attendees, the Festival also provides a memorable occasion for school friends and family members with over 5,000 spectators attending last year’s finals. As well as cheering on their classmates, a series of spectator competitions and activities will contribute to the carnival atmosphere. To help encourage each school to bring a large support, PlayStation will be installing a decibel meter to measure the noisiest supporters each day!
PlayStation UK Marketing Director Richard Keen commented: “The Festival is built around an occasion that will have lasting memories for the players, which can be shared with their friends and family members too. As we enter the latter stages of the fourth season of our partnership with the English Schools’ FA, we have involved a record number of teams to give over 150,000 players the chance of experiencing the pride of representing their school in a high-profile tournament.”
ESFA Chairman Alan Johnston added: “The ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup is an amazing opportunity for all the teams that reach the finals to play at the Pride Park in front of a big crowd. Thanks to the support we get from PlayStation, we continue to grow the number of the tournaments for secondary schools and have all the ingredients in place to make a massive impact for grassroots football.”
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