Classroom Challenge

Win £2,000 cash for your school with the ESFA & Panini’s Classroom Challenge for 2021

The Classroom Challenge returns with some exciting opportunities for your school

The Classroom Challenge continues into 2021 with a brand-new opportunity for your school to win £2,000 cash with a ‘Design a Football’ competition – but hurry, there’s only 1,500 packs up for grabs!

For the chance to take part in the competition, putting your school in the running to win £2,000 cash, a Panini assembly and trophy presentation, plus a £50 Amazon voucher and a football shirt for the winning pupil. All you need to do is register your school via this link.

Aside from the fantastic Classroom Challenge competition, your school will also receive sticker albums, sticker packets and a competition guide, which you can use within your school. We have had some amazing feedback from teachers from across England on the benefits of receiving these goodies and entering our competitions – here are some of our favourites:

“Although we didn’t win, our children have absolutely loved taking part. The packs have gone down a storm and I’m constantly getting children coming up to me to show me which players they’ve got.”

“The packs have gone down very well in school. We had a few spares left over from the ones originally sent, which have made a fantastic motivational tool and prizes for outstanding work.”

“Thank you for organising this competition. Our sports-mad Y6 children really enjoyed the opportunity to design a trophy and challenge each other with the packs.”

“A really popular competition, thank you so much for organising it!”

To register, simply click here or follow the link at the bottom of the page and enter your details – but hurry, we only have 1,500 packs to send out and you only have until 14 December to register your school! The competition will run throughout January and we’re already excited to see the entries we’ll receive. The standards have been incredibly high in previous competitions and we love to see how creative school children in England can be!

The latest Classroom Challenge was won by Jack from Year 6 at Beckwithshaw Primary School in Harrogate after he created a fantastic trophy design, being chosen from over 3,500 entries! Beckwithshaw Primary School will now be presented with a cheque for £2,000 plus some fantastic prizes for Jack during an assembly hosted virtually by Panini in the coming weeks.

The ESFA are delighted to be able to share these Panini resources with primary schools in England and are already looking forward to seeing the quality of the latest Classroom Challenge designs!

For further details or information, or to register your school to receive updates, please contact

Register via this link:


ESFA Goal of the Finals – the final vote is here

Following the success of the ESFA’s National Finals from the 2019/20 season, the Association have been running an online vote to highlight the ‘Goal of the Finals’

The vote, presented 16 of the best goals showcased during the recent National Finals, giving followers the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The quarter finals vote received over 1,500 votes, with the semi-final attracting over 4,500 thanks to some retweets and shares from some big names in the football and TV world.

After appealing to their own various football clubs and supporters, some of the nominees were able to drum up online support for their own campaigns from former ESFA PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup Ambassador, Rio Ferdinand, professional footballers, Declan Rice and Robert Snodgrass and TV presenter, Alex Brooker amongst others. The young players were delighted with the uptake their vote was getting across Twitter.

The Final vote, which is due to go live today at 1:00pm will be open until Friday 27 November, when the official Goal of the Finals 19/20 will be announced. For these young players to have had the chance to play their 2019/20 National Finals, despite the ongoing pandemic, was a true achievement for all of the schools involved – but to then have their efforts recognised and selected for this public vote is a great way to end what has, for many, been a difficult year.

The Finalists

Benat Mancisidor from St Bede’s College in Manchester edged his way into the final, winning his semi-final vote with 59%. Benat’s goal was taken from the U13 Small Schools’ Cup Final, where St Bede’s triumphed over Ewell Castle School from Kingston with a 5 – 1 win.

Riley Hargan from Emerson Park Academy in Havering, triumphed in the semi-final vote with 71%. Riley’s goal was taken from the U13 Schools’ Cup Final on 12 October, where Emerson Park lost out to St Peter’s Catholic School 4 – 5.

Both Benat and Riley have received backing via social media for their performances so far and, with a much shorter voting time for the final, the ESFA and its online supporters are keen to see who takes the win, having their goal recognised as the ‘Goal of the Finals 19/20’.