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Football fever is set to sweep through Rotherham this weekend as the highly anticipated Rotherham Schools Football Association Cup Final kicks off on Saturday 23 March.

We have witnessed some incredible matches leading up to this moment, and spectators can expect a display of top-tier football as the finest young talents from across the region showcase their prowess on the field. The atmosphere is expected to be electric, with fans eagerly cheering on their respective teams and creating an unforgettable atmosphere of camaraderie and support.

As the final whistle blows, one team will emerge victorious, etching their name in the annals of Rotherham football history. However, win or lose, the true winners of the Cup Final are the players themselves, who have displayed dedication, perseverance, and a love for them throughout the tournament.

Elliot Flowers, Competition Secretary, said, "School football is something for each student to be proud of, and commitment to the competition does not go without hard work. Coaches across the secondaries go above and beyond to ensure weekly training sessions are delivered, fixtures are organised, and students in Rotherham are given the best chances of representing their school at football. This cannot be overlooked.

The Rotherham Schools Finals Day is always the first date any student interested in football asks their PE teacher about on their return from the summer break. ‘Has the draw been made?’, ‘When is Finals Day?’, ‘When’s our first fixture?’. It was this enigmatic school event that, seven years ago, ultimately gave me a real sense of pride at being a small part of the competition and its history. I think I speak for everyone—from past students to coaches, referees, helpers, and supporters—when I say that the Rotherham Schools Finals Day is a special date in the borough’s calendar."

Maltby Learning Trust, in partnership with Wickersley Partnership Trust, extends a warm invitation to all football enthusiasts to join in the excitement of the Cup Final and celebrate the talent and passion of our young athletes.  Let's come together as a community to support our future football stars and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Order of events
  • 9am - 9.15am - Arrival of teams at Wickersley School & Sports College
  • 9.30 - Warm up: Players welcome to enter the field of play to commence warm up & official team photographs taken on walk to pitches 
  • 10am - Kick off 1st XI and 2nd XI - 40 minutes each way, penalties, no extra time
  • 10.10am - Kick off for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 - 35 minutes each way, penalties, no extra time
  • 12pm - Presentation of trophies in the Sports Hall