Five schools in Hartlepool are aiming for glory in a national competition.
They will be taking part in the PlayStation Schools’ Cup football competitions.
The five are: Dyke House Sport and Technology College; English Martyrs School; High Tunstall College of Science; Manor Community Academy; St Hild’s CofE School.
A total of 22 Premier League stars have supported the programme, with further leading names lined up this year.
The PlayStation Schools’ Cup is the biggest collection of schools’ football tournaments in England, encompassing 20 national boys’ and girls’ events in under-12 to under-15 age categories, with knockout rounds running from this month to March next year.
The season then culminates in May with a multiple-day football festival which plays host to the competitions’ national finals.
Now in the third season of a partnership between PlayStation and the ESFA, the official English schools’ football governing body, the cup has attracted more than 8,000 team entries and given 150,000 kids the chance to experience the pride of representing their school in competitive football tournaments.
PlayStation UK marketing director Murray Pannell said: “The ongoing popularity of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup has been great to see and we’re really pleased to continue our partnership with the ESFA.
“Giving so many kids of all ages and abilities the chance to play competitive football in national competitions has been a huge success, and we really hope the players both enjoy and benefit from the experience of representing their school in a high profile tournament.”
ESFA chairman Mike Spinks said: “We are delighted to be continuing our successful partnership with PlayStation.
“The PlayStation Schools’ Cup tournaments have proved to be incredibly popular and have given over 150,000 young players the chance to experience the pride of representing their school.
“PlayStation’s support has helped us further improve the professional structure we offer to schools all across the country and we’re really looking forward to the season ahead.”
For more information on the grassroots competitions, visit the website at www.playstationschoolscup.com or keep up to date via www.facebook.com/playstationschoolscup and www.twitter.com/PSSchoolsCup