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By Laura Taylor, Apr 26 2018 09:41AM


The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival will take place from 21st to 23rd May at Reading Football Club’s Madejski Stadium.


The 2017/18 season finale will feature many of England’s finest young footballers as they battle for the honours in 15 boys’ and girls’ national tournament finals.


The three-day festival of school football will be the fifth since PlayStation partnered with the ESFA, creating the biggest and most prestigious collection of secondary school football tournaments in England under the PlayStation Schools’ Cup banner.


Many young footballers from the 30 teams taking part will dream of emulating twin brothers Ryan and Steven Sessegnon.


The pair were part of Coombe Boys’ School’s victorious PlayStation Schools’ Cup teams at the Madesjski in 2014 and 2015 and have since gone on to football stardom with Fulham FC and England.


In 2017, Ryan won the European Championship with the England U19s while Steven won the World Cup with the U17s.


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 thousands more watching a live-stream of all the games online.




By Laura Taylor, Apr 24 2018 01:05PM


St Lawrence College made their first ever girls’ cricket fixture a memorable one with a nailbiting one run victory in the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 T20 Cup.


The Kent school have only just taken up the game but posted 118-4 in their 20 overs against James Allen’s Girls School in their first group game – Kalea Moore top-scoring with 37.


A fantastic run chase by the London side saw them finish agonizingly close on 117-0 – much to the delight of St Lawrence’s head of cricket Seth Simmonds.


He said: “What was a great game of cricket. It was the first ever fixture to be played on our new pitch, a historic moment indeed. I now have girls buzzing about their cricket and they wait in anticipation for their next match.”



By Laura Taylor, Apr 17 2018 11:29AM


Reigning champions Felsted School have been handed a tough task to defend their title in this season’s School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup.


The Essex side, who won the 2017 trophy following the disqualification of Staffordshire’s Abbotsholme School, have been drawn against county rivals Shenfield High School and New Hall School as well as Hertfordshire neighbours Queenswood School.


2016 winners Horizon Community College, from Barnsley will play Wakefield Girls High School, the Grammar at Leeds at Stamford High School in their first round-robin group.


Two-time champions Brighton College face fellow Sussex rivals Mayfield School, Gildredge House School and Brighton & Hove High School.


For the first time in the competition’s five-year history, entries closed early after the maximum number of teams was reached for the first time.


This year teams have been split into sixteen geographical groups with schools competing in two round-robin formats – one before and one after half-term.

The winners of each group will be split into four further groups with the winners of each qualifying for the finals day – this year taking place again on Monday Sep 3 at Felsted School.


One of more than 30 sides making their debut in this year’s competition is Mayfield School, from East Sussex.


They are just one of the new wave of schools that have embraced girls’ cricket since England captivated the country last year by winning the women’s World Cup.


Mayfield PE teacher Emily Starr says: “We have got rid of rounders altogether and are solely focused on cricket now. The school and department are investing a lot of time into it and we see it as an important sport for the girls. We can also see a lot of potential in a large number of the girls.


“Although cricket is new this year to our girls, they have taken it in their stride. They have made fantastic improvements over the winter and are so eager to play hard ball cricket. I wanted to challenge the girls and push them outside of their comfort zones.


(To read the full story in our Apr/May 2018 edition, subscribe to School Sport Magazine for just £29 a year. Email info@schoolsportmag.co.uk for further details)



By Laura Taylor, Apr 12 2018 04:02PM


RGS High Wycombe batsman Teddie Casterton has been named the Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year.


The 1st XI captain scored 1,423 runs from 21 innings at an average of almost 90 in a highly-productive summer that included a top score of 267 off 153 balls against John Hampden Grammar School.


Significantly, Teddie is the first player from a state school to win the award that was announced in the new edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2018.


Ben Berryman, RGS High Wycombe’s head of cricket, said: “Teddie always seemed to find the boundary when it was required.”


The talented batsman, who hit six centuries during the season, joins a celebrated list of previous winners that includes England stars Jonny Bairstow, James Taylor and Jos Buttler.


By Laura Taylor, Apr 2 2018 12:06PM


Schools cricket faces a damp start to the season as continued heavy rain has left pitches all over the country saturated.


And with an early start to the summer season – this year in mid April – groundsmen will be hoping the weather relents to prevent a mass cancellation of fixtures.


One of the wettest winters and early Springs in recent years means groundsmen have been unable to put as much work into grounds as they would like.


And with the forecast for continued rain into April, schools will be praying the weather relents so that the season can start as soon as possible.


By Laura Taylor, Apr 2 2018 12:06PM


Schools cricket faces a damp start to the season as continued heavy rain has left pitches all over the country saturated.


And with an early start to the summer season – this year in mid April – groundsmen will be hoping the weather relents to prevent a mass cancellation of fixtures.


One of the wettest winters and early Springs in recent years means groundsmen have been unable to put as much work into grounds as they would like.


And with the forecast for continued rain into April, schools will be praying the weather relents so that the season can start as soon as possible.


By Laura Taylor, Mar 23 2018 10:15AM


The biggest national schools’ netball competition in the country saw three different sides survive arctic conditions to take home the spoils.


In the U14 competition, Berkhamsted School pipped Exeter’s St Peter’s School 9-8 while Manchester Monica’s High School overcame Streatham & Clapham HS 13-9 in the U16 cup and Yorkshire Queen Ethelburga’s College defeated Bromsgrove School 16-9 in the U19 event.


(To read the full story in our Apr/May 2018 edition, subscribe to School Sport Magazine for just £29 a year. Email info@schoolsportmag.co.uk for further details)


By Laura Taylor, Mar 19 2018 10:25AM


Lady Eleanor Holles left it late to lift their first national schools’ lacrosse title for 30 years.


After seven losing finals since 1988, the London side claimed a memorable 2018 Rathbones National U19A crown with a last-minute 2-1 victory over St Catherine’s School, Guildford.


Dreadful conditions meant organisers were unable to rearrange the U13 and U14 finals, leaving schools disappointed.


And hopes of replaying the U15 championships were also dashed as snowstorms caused the rearranged event at St Swithun’s School, Winchester to be cancelled yesterday.


(To read the full story in our Apr/May 2018 edition, subscribe to School Sport Magazine for just £29 a year. Email info@schoolsportmag.co.uk for further details)


By Laura Taylor, Mar 19 2018 08:24AM


All four girls’ trophies had new winners while all four boys’ titles were won by the defending champions at the Butterfly National Schools Team Table Tennis Championships.


Yorkshire’s Ackworth School were double winners but six other schools shared the trophies in eight categories in boys’ and girls’ events at U19, U16, U13 and U11 level.


(To read the full story in our Apr/May 2018 edition, subscribe to School Sport Magazine for just £29 a year. Email info@schoolsportmag.co.uk for further details)


By Laura Taylor, Mar 16 2018 10:55AM


Warwick defended their RFU Schools Cup U18 title and won their eighth national title in eleven years in the process after beating QEGS Wakefield 29-7 at Twickenham.


And in the U15 final, Whitgift School overcame Manchester Grammar (MGS) 22-12 in a tense game to secure their fifth Schools Cup title and their first U15 Cup final win since 2003.


(To read the full story in our Apr/May 2018 edition, subscribe to School Sport Magazine for just £29 a year. Email info@schoolsportmag.co.uk for further details)