Sponsors and Partners

Help support bereaved children, young people & their families with our charity partner, Grief Encounter

The ESFA’s charitable partner, Grief Encounter, leading UK bereavement charity, provide free, professional bereavement services, including a national helpline for those experiencing grief. During the last 12 months, calls to their ‘grieftalk’ helpline have been the busiest they’ve ever experienced, so the charity has launched a brand new covid-secure initiative to raise money, supporting the incredibly important services that they provide. We’d love it if you could help them too!

The ESFA are sharing Grief Encounters’ Forget-Me-Not Walk details in the hope that our schools and young people can come together, safely, to support the work carried out by the charity, which provides a hugely essential service to youngsters across the country.

How can you help?

  1. Share these details to your teachers, parents and pupils to encourage them to get involved:
    • Registration costs £5 and each registered walker will receive a ‘forget-me-not’ walk baseball cap or dog bandana (!) plus a packet of forget-me-not seeds to plant on or after the walk.
    • You can create a forget-me-not walk JustGiving page, this can be for individuals or you could create a ‘whole school’ page, where you can combine any donations you receive.
  2. Support the campaign as a school, you could look at the key aspects of the campaign such as:
    • Health & wellbeing
    • Remembrance
    • Community Support

Could you base a lesson around grief encounter and the work they do (you can contact them directly for teaching resources) and then encourage your pupils (and staff!) to take part in the walk on Sunday 21 March?

3. Become Forget-Me-Not Walk Champions

Every person who shares the ‘forget-me-not’ walk details on their social media channels, by word of mouth or any other way, is already a champion, but could you or your school take it to the next level? Maybe you could invite your pupils to write stories, poems or songs about raising money for the cause? £26 funds a grieftalk helpline session – maybe you and your pupils could think about ways of using ‘26’ to promote the walk too?

Head over to the Grief Encounter website for full details, the registration link and to find the JustGiving page that you can also personalise for individuals or the school. There is plenty more information on their website.

If you would like to become a forget-me-not walk champion, then please email sarah.kearney@schoolsfa.com directly to register and discuss how you can help us support this fantastic cause.

If you would like to confidentially talk to the team at Grief Encounter please call freephone 0808 802 0111, they are there to listen every weekday 9am – 9pm.


Panini share resources for children in school during Lockdown 3

The Classroom Challenge took a backseat this January, but pupils in over 450 schools across England have benefitted from Panini packs while they’re in school during Lockdown 3

Panini and the ESFA were set to kick of 2021 with a brand new Classroom Challenge in schools, based around the Panini Premier League 2021 official sticker collection, but with lockdown 3 restrictions announced in early January, the plan was put on hold.

With the understanding that there was still a large number of key worker and vulnerable children within school during this time, the team behind the ‘Classroom Challenge’ put the competition to one side, but offered some ‘just for fun’ packs out to schools to use with the children who remained within the classroom setting.

Within 48 hours, over 450 schools signed up to receive the items, most of which have now been distributed to participating schools. The ESFA and Panini have received some wonderful feedback from the giveaway, which has been very well received across the country.

Thank you for keeping this going through these difficult times, it will make a big difference to the footy mad kids”

The pack has arrived and the children are extremely excited!! We are going to run a physical challenge for children to win one of the albums and/or sticker packs

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the pack sent through it’s superb! The children love it and the books are all at home with the key worker children. We are keeping a few spare books for those children who are not in school. Some very excited children today

Thanks so much for the packs/binders etc. The children still attending school were delighted with them. Brought some much needed smiles to their faces

The competition returns for April 2021

The good news is, that the Classroom Challenge will be returning in April, this time celebrating Panini’s UEFA EURO 2020Tournament Edition sticker albums. The competition also boasts the biggest ever cash prize of £3,000 for the school that submits the winning ‘design a football’ entry!

Taking part is really simple, just follow the link below to register your school! Hurry – there are only 2,000 packs to give away!


To find out more about the competition click here.