National Volunteers Week

In honour of National Volunteers Week the ESFA would like to celebrate all the amazing work that hundreds of volunteers involved in schools’ football do, to allow young people to experience all of the benefits that schools football has to offer.

The ESFA is only able to function because our incredible network of volunteers, whether it’s coaches spending evenings coaching teams out in the rain, association members organising activity in their area or ESFA council members giving up their weekends to attend meetings and AGMs, all of our volunteers allow us to create and support the amazing schools’ football activity that we do.

So we would like to say a big “Thank You” to all these volunteers for your hardwork and dedication in making schools’ football across England, a wonderful and unique experience!

Get Social

Do you know a volunteer who goes above and beyond for Schools football in your area? Show your appreciation by tagging @schoolsfootball and using #VoulnteersWeek2020 on socials for us to share!

Council member Vacancies

Want to do more to support schools’ football in your area but not sure how? We currently have a number of vacancies on the ESFA council and have made it easier than ever to get involved! Click here for more information.

We are looking forward to creating even more ways to show appreciation to our volunteers in the coming seasons, but for now a hearfelt “thank you” for allowing us to create such an incredible experience and atmosphere for Schools’ Footballers across the country.

featured, Match Reports

ESFA Match Report- PlayStation F.C. Schools’ U14 Cup for Boys- St Mary’s RC High School v Whitecross Hereford High School

Today we look back to an early round of the Boys Under 14 Cup with a Herefordshire derby in October as St Mary’s RC High School and Whitecross Hereford battled the elements in a competitive tie that went down to the wire. 

Having taken the train to Hereford we made the walk to St Mary’s in pouring rain with the prospect of seeing the game called off on arrival very much at the front of our minds but the pitch was in excellent condition considering the heavy rain and the game got underway as planned. 

The home side took an early lead only for Whitecross to draw level shortly after through Jacob Bray and it looked like we could be in for a downpouring of goals as well as rain. 

In fact, that completed the scoring in normal time despite the best efforts of both sides to grab a winner with a close range header for the visitors very late on in extra time the closest the deadlock came to being broken but the ball sailed over the bar much with a gaping goal at their mercy. 

And so to a penalty shoot out with Harrison Bentley and Ollie Lloyd on target for the visitors as they edged a place in round 3. Credit to both sides for an entertaining cup tie despite the weather, all that remained was to embark on the soggy journey home to the Midlands!

A big thank you to ThreeFiveThree photography for attending the games! If you want to see more great schools football images head over to their website here.