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FA Play Safe weekend 2023

This weekend (30th -1st October), English football at every level will unite to promote Play Safe – a national campaign to focus attention of the vital importance of safeguarding in our national game.

The English Schools’ FA is delighted to be supporting the Play Safe campaign by sharing important safeguarding messages to all of those involved in schools’ football and bringing the importance of Safeguarding in schools’ football to the forefront of the minds of all the individuals involved. ESFA Associations will have received Play Safe captain armbands for their representative teams to wear this weekend, and the ESFA will be sharing Play Safe messaging across their social media channels.

The ESFA’s own safeguarding campaign, Stay Safe in Schools’ Football, aims at raising awareness of the actions that players, teachers and volunteers can take to keep themselves safe when playing schools’ football. The campaign, which was launched in 2021, has focused on creating and sharing content specifically for players, to help educate them on the actions they can take and to give them a guide to help them understand the safeguarding processes in place.

You can find out more about the ESFA’s Stay Safe in Schools’ Football messaging here.

Stay tuned to the ESFA’s social media channels and website as we look to push these important messages to everyone involved in Schools’ Football and engage the players taking part in sharing the Stay Safe in Schools’ Football messaging.


The ESFA and inspiresport continue their partnership for the 2023/24 season

The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) is delighted to announce the continuation of their partnership with inspiresport for the 23/24 season as the Associations official tour provider.  

The ongoing partnership, which is now entering its 12th year, continues to represent inspiresport’s long-term support of schools’ football across England and their commitment to providing top quality sports tours for schools across the country.

Both organisations’ values align to enrich young people’s lives, allowing participants to develop their sporting values, whilst having fun through great sporting experiences. The ESFA is excited to see what opportunities will be on offer from inspiresport this year and what experiences will be on offer for school pupils across England.

During the partnership so far, inspiresport have helped the ESFA to send their England U15 Schoolgirls’ and England U18 Schoolboys’ teams to some fantastic venues such as PSV, Inter Milan, and St George’s Park.

inspiresport take young people on a unique journey, igniting their dreams through the power of sport. Designed to develop skills and confidence in youngsters no matter what their ability, inspiresport’s tailored football development tours to the UK and Europe offer professional coaching at some of Europe’s elite professional clubs and federations. Including access to world class training facilities, stadium tours and fixtures against local opposition – since 2004 inspiresport tours have provided young players with a truly unique experience.

With partnerships with football’s European giants such as, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid, inspiresport focus on providing the most memorable and once in a lifetime experience for your players. The continued success of development tours at these clubs, has allowed inspiresport to grow year on year and offer exciting new opportunities.

inspiresport CEO Steve Butchart “We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the English Schools’ Football Association, after another successful year for both parties. Our company values align, which prove to be a factor in the growth and opportunities on offer, not only for inspiresport but for ESFA too. The development tours that we have planned for the U15 Girls and U18 Boys teams is a great opportunity for all players to advance their skills on and off the pitch. It’s great to work with our partners at the EFSA to create these experiences, because here at inspiresport, our values are to ensure that these young people can access some fantastic opportunities, and we work hard to make these available to them.”

ESFA Chair Marvin Robinson said: “As we gear up for the 2023/24 season, we’re thrilled to be joining forces once again with inspiresport. Their commitment to providing incredible sports tour experiences for school kids across England is truly commendable. In addition, inspiresport offers top-notch training camps for the ESFA’s England U15 Schoolgirls and U18 Schoolboys, a partnership that bore fruit in the 2021/22 season at St. George’s Park. Get ready for another season of ground breaking opportunities as we team up with inspiresport to elevate this year’s teams to new heights!”

For more information about inspiresport and the opportunities that they provide, click here.