Your article: Woldgate girls team prepare for national schools’ football final

Woldgate College under 15's girls' team.
Woldgate College under 15's girls' team.

Woldgate College will take to the hallowed turf of Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium as they bid to win the countrywide English Schools’ FA (ESFA) Under 15 PlayStation® Schools’ Cup for Girls.

Woldgate College under-15’s will be part of the three-day PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival, which runs from Monday to Wednesday (18-20 May). They will face Didcot Girls’ School from Oxfordshire on Tuesday (19 May), with the opportunity to be crowned the Under 15 PlayStation Schools’ Cup for Girls champions.

The PE staff at Woldgate commented that the girls have put their heart and soul into this competition and deserve their success and the staff could not be prouder of their achievements. They have shown dedication, effort and great team spirit against some strong opposition.

Team captain Ellie Fitzmaurice commented: “The ESFA cup has been a very exciting experience for the whole team. The competition started with us being 3-1 down at half-time to St Mary’s in Hull, but our team spirit saw us come back to win the game 4-3. Along the way we have played teams from as far away as Redcar and Manchester. We have improved as a team throughout the campaign, with regular training sessions after school with Mrs Fox-Nicholls and Mr Clarke. We are all looking forward to the final in Reading and the experience of playing at the Madejski Stadium.”

It is the second consecutive year that the Madejski Stadium has played host to the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival, which last year saw over 5,000 spectators attend and watch this feast of schools’ football. Hopes are high that this impressive figure can be surpassed this year and that even more friends, family and fellow pupils look to sample the carnival atmosphere with 15 schools’ finals being contested across the three days.

Before their match, all of the competing finalists will get the chance to use either the home or away dressing room at the Championship side’s state-of-the-art stadium as part of an authentic match-day experience.

Pupils from Woldgate College have been invited along to the event to support their friends and enjoy a number of activities including PlayStation®4 gaming experiences, free giveaways, and half-time entertainment for spectators and live commentary for each game.

After being formed in September 2013, the partnership between PlayStation and the ESFA is now in its second season and has provided a boost to grassroots football and helped increase the engagement in competitive football for secondary school age categories.

A total of 19 PlayStation Schools’ Cup competitions have been staged in the 2014/15 season and have involved nearly 2,000 schools and 100,000 participants from under-12 to under-15 secondary school age categories. Since its inception, each new school involved in the competitions have received a PlayStation Kit Bag, featuring a match day football, training bibs and supporters’ flags to support their sports department.

Schools, players and parents can find out more about the project by logging on to the website: or

Woldgate College’s road to the final:

Round 1 - Bye

Round 2 – St Mary’s College 3-4 Woldgate College

Round 3 – Whitby Community College 1-10 Woldgate College

Round 4 – The Academy at Shotton Hall 0-6 Woldgate College

Round 5 – Sirius Academy 2-4 Woldgate College

Round 6 – South Hunsley High School 1-6 Woldgate College

Quarter Final - Nunthorpe Academy 2-2 Woldgate College (Woldgate College win 3-1 on penalties)

Semi Final - Ashton on Mersey School 1-2 Woldgate College