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By Laura Taylor, Sep 19 2018 02:57PM

Premier League footballers have headed back to school and joined PE lessons to encourage children to be active.

Visits so far have seen Tottenham Hotspur’s Kieran Trippier heading to St John Vianney Catholic Primary School and Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady joining Fairfield Primary School for a PE lesson to remember.

Whilst at the schools, each footballer donated a Premier League Primary Stars equipment pack, including footballs, numbered and lettered floor spots and giant dice, which teachers at the primary school can use in lessons across the curriculum to help inspire children to learn and get moving.

Teacher Carol Burns, from Bromet Primary School in Watford, benefitted from the scheme and said: “This kit we’ve got now is absolutely superb because it gives the children opportunities and there’s even some children that have said they are now taking part in activities that they never would have taken part in before.

“Just looking around I’ve got a mix of boys and girls playing together and just getting on. It’s fantastic”

Nick Perchard, head of community at the Premier League said: “We are pleased to launch the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme for the third successive year and give primary school teachers the chance to apply for a full Nike football kit for their class or an equipment pack which includes items that will encourage children to be active throughout their school day.

“Having footballers head into local primary schools to deliver free equipment and get involved in Premier League Primary Stars PE sessions is something I’m sure will having a positive and lasting impact on pupils and teachers alike.”

Run in partnership with Nike, the scheme provides primary school teachers with football kit and equipment to aid active lessons both in the classroom and on the sports field.

More than 8,000 schools have benefited from the initiative so far, with even more schools set to benefit this term, with applications now open for primary school teachers across England and Wales to apply for a free Nike football strip or a free equipment pack.

The scheme is available to primary school teachers who register to participate in Premier League Primary Stars at, where curriculum-linked resources including lesson plans and worksheets are available to download for free.

Teachers based in England and Wales have until Friday October 26 to visit to register and apply for the free Nike kit or free equipment pack.

By Laura Taylor, Sep 18 2018 08:17AM

A host of new and returning sides have been quick off the mark to enter next season’s School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 T20 Girls Cricket Cup – and we’d love you to join them.

Just a week after entries opened, half the places available have already been taken so schools need to move fast to ensure they book their place.

Just two weeks after an exciting 2018 finals days, this year’s champions Millfield have signed up for next season alongwith fellow finalists Shrewsbury School, Brighton College and the Leys School.

They will be joined by debutants Bede’s School, from Sussex, Holyrood Academy, from Somerset, Huntingdon’s Kimbolton School, Monmouth School for Girls, Ripon Grammar and Ipswich’s Royal Hospital School as the growth in grass roots girls’ cricket continues.

Returning teams will include Berkhamsted School, Bradfield College, Colfe’s School, Emanuel School, Felsted School, Framlingham College, Godolphin & Latymer School, Gildredge House School, Ibstock Place School, Leicester Grammar, Mayfield School, Moreton Hall School, New Hall School, Ormskirk School, Oundle School, Oxford High School, Parkstone Grammar, St Helen & St Katharine School, St Joseph’s College, Wigan’s St Peter’s Catholic High School, Wakefield Girls High School and Wellingborough School.

The 11-a-side hardball competition will be run on a local, county and regional basis in the early rounds to avoid excess travel and will be played mainly in midweek but weekends if preferred.

Run in group stages before the summer half term, the 16 pool winners qualify for the knockout stages with finals day taking place in early September 2019.

To take part in the 2019 cup, email

By Laura Taylor, Sep 17 2018 04:12PM

The ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup, the biggest grassroots football competition in England, is back for a sixth season.

The partnership with the English Schools’ FA (ESFA) builds on PlayStation’s long-standing support of grassroots football, which is set to give more than 200,000 schoolchildren a chance to compete in high-profile national tournaments for boys and girls.

Since its inception, more than 40 Premier League players, including eleven of England’s recent World Cup squad, have backed the competition.

And with previous stellar names including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Maguire and John Stones, leading footballers will once again be recruited to help inspire the next generation of football stars.

This season will also see the return of National Schools’ Football Week, where hundreds of schools used the power of football to inspire pupils both on and off the pitch.

As part of the campaign, Fulham FC stars Ryan and Steven Sessegnon made a surprise visit to their former school in Surrey.

The twin brothers won the PlayStation Schools’ Cup with Coombe Boys’ School and have since gone on to football stardom with Fulham FC and England youth teams.

The 24 secondary school tournaments range from the main PlayStation Schools’ Cup through to ‘Small Schools’, ‘B Team’ and ‘Elite Schools’ cups, that are accessible to schools of all sizes and abilities.

Knock-out rounds take place between September 2018 and March 2019 while a professional football stadium will once again host the national finals, as part of a multiple day football festival in May 2019.

Sony Interactive Entertainment UK managing director Warwick Light, said: “Since our partnership with the ESFA started back in 2013, we have continued to increase the number of boys and girls taking part in the PlayStation Schools’ Cup.

“We’re working hard to provide both fun and competitive formats, so kids can enjoy representing their schools in high-profile football tournaments. We are equally proud of the impact our work with leading footballers is having on the stars of the future as we help to keep raising the profile of schools’ football.”

ESFA chairman John Martin added: “This is an exciting announcement for both the ESFA and the thousands of schools participating in these tournaments. We are delighted to continue our relationship with PlayStation, which has had a huge impact on schools’ football over the last five years.

“The first season of PlayStation Schools’ Cup consisted of 15 tournaments, which has been increased to 24 formats of the competition, as we continue to improve the standards of schools’ football across the country.”

By Laura Taylor, Sep 3 2018 07:01PM

She may have ended up on the losing side – but young cricketer Issy Routledge was the star of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.

The talented Leys School opener carried her bat for an unbeaten 64 throughout a superb six wicket victory over Shrewsbury School in the semi-finals at Felsted School.

She then smashed a brilliant 70 – finally run out in the last over – as her Cambridgeshire side just failed in their bid to chase down Millfield’s 136-7 in the final.

Her heroic efforts proved in vain as wickets tumbled around her and Leys finally finished 107 all out as their Somerset opponents ran out worthy 29 run winners.

Earlier Millfield had enjoyed an emphatic ten wicket victory over two-time champions Brighton College after restricting them for 80-8 in the first semi final.

(For a full report and pictures check out the next edition of School Sport Magazine)

By Laura Taylor, Sep 3 2018 03:50PM

Leys School beat Shrewsbury School by six wickets to reach the final of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.

In a superb run-chase at Felsted School, the Cambridgeshire debutants chased down Shrewsbury’s target of 125-6 thanks to a superb 64 not out from their run machine Issy Routledge to win with two overs to spare. Leys will now take on Millfield in the final

By Laura Taylor, Sep 3 2018 02:27PM

Shrewsbury School set their opponents Leys School a target of 125-6 in the second semi-final of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.

By Laura Taylor, Sep 3 2018 01:13PM

Millfield reached the final of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today with an emphatic ten wicket victory over Brighton College.

After restricting Brighton to 80-8 (Mirabel Jackson 23no) off 20 overs in their last four clash, Harriet Dindore Miles (35no) and India Owen (30no) comfortably knocked off the runs to reach their first final.

The other semi-final will see Shrewsbury School tackle Cambridgeshire debutants Leys School starting at 2pm. The final will take place at 4.30pm.

By Laura Taylor, Sep 3 2018 12:06PM

Brighton College were restricted to 80-8 in 20 overs against Millfield in the first semi final of School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup at Felsted School today.

By Laura Taylor, Sep 3 2018 11:04AM

Brighton College lost early wickets in the first semi final of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.

The Sussex side were reduced to 12-2 and 24-3 off eight overs against Millfield at Felsted School.

By Laura Taylor, Sep 3 2018 09:49AM

Millfield’s young cricketers enjoyed the worst possible start to today’s School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup finals day.

Their coach broke down on the M4 at 8.30pm last night and the girls didn’t get to bed in Felsted, Essex until nearly 2am.

Now they will need to hit the ground running as they are first up in the first semi-final against two-time champions Brighton College at 11am.

The other last four contest will see Shrewsbury tackle Cambridgeshire debutants Leys School at 1.30pm. The final will take place at 4pm.