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ESFA to host a full weekend of representative football National Finals!

The ESFA is delighted to announce that we will be hosting three representative finals this weekend to round off the 2020/2021 season!

On Saturday 18th September we will be hosting the ESFA U14 Girls Inter County Cup Final at the EBB Stadium, Aldershot Town FC. This final see’s Gloucestershire CSFA take on Middlesex CSFA in a highly anticipated match, kicking off at 12 noon.

Sunday 19th September see’s us return to The Sixways Stadium- home of the Worcester Warriors- for the ESFA U16 Boys Inter-County Final and the ESFA U15 Boys Inter-District Final. The prior will kick off at 13:00 and see Cleveland CSFA face Kent CSFA. The second match which will kick off at 16.30 see’s Chester-le-Street, Washington & Derwentside DSFA take on Croydon DSFA.

The ESFA is delighted to welcome spectators to these national finals! If you wish to attend, you must register for a free ticket here and present this to a member of staff on the day.

All three matches will be streamed live on www.youtube.com/esfatv. Coverage will be free of charge and will remain online after the event has taken place, so players, team officials and spectators can enjoy watching the game back at a later date.

Alongside the live streaming, we will be capturing photos and videos throughout the day for use across our Social Media channels. You can follow our accounts on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook by searching for @schoolsfootball. We will also host a live ‘player of the match’ vote via our Twitter channel around 10 minutes before the end of the fixture.

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ESFA and UCFB to continue educational partnership

The ESFA are delighted to announce that it has extended its partnership with University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) – the world’s first higher education establishment dedicated to football and sports degrees.

UCFB, which has campuses in London and Manchester with Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart, will continue to be the ESFA Foundation Partner for Higher Education, helping to improve career prospects for students through football.

The extended deal means that employability opportunities for UCFB students at the ESFA and County Schools’ FAs will continue, as will research opportunities for students.

A football match between the England Schoolboys’ U18 squad and a UCFB team was one of the highlights of the previous agreement, so UCFB is delighted to confirm that this fixture will return over the coming months. A new detail of the partnerships will be UCFB students helping to run the ESFA YouTube channel and having opportunities to assist with broadcasting their fixtures.

Mark Hignett, Chairman of the ESFA said “The English Schools’ FA is delighted to continue this partnership with UCFB. Our joint mission – using football as a platform for personal development, educational attainment and career progression – makes this a particularly exciting joint venture through which we aim to enhance each other’s services for the benefit of our players, students and pupils.”

Sharona Friedman, Governor of UCFB and President of its Global Institute of Sport added: “The last year has seen a number of our students gain great insight and experience working alongside the ESFA, with all positive about the experience. We’re naturally delighted that this work will continue over the next year and look forward to both organisations benefitting from each other’s expertise.”

UCFB graduates are currently employed at Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, with numerous ex-students also in roles at The Football Association, the Scottish Professional Football League and dozens of English Football League clubs.

Look out for forthcoming information on UCFB and how your pupils can get involved in their fantastic higher education programmes for their future.

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