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The English Schools’ FA and STATSports continue partnership for the 23/24 season 

The ESFA is delighted to announce the continuation of their partnership with STATSports for the 2023/24 season as the Association’s “Official GPS Partner”.

STATSports are the global leaders in GPS sports performance analysis, combining cutting-edge proprietary technology, with revolutionary sport science and first-class client support. The first GPS wearable to receive FIFA’s highest award for data accuracy, reliability, and consistency, STATSports’ Apex technology is used by world-renowned football clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Juventus, plus international federations such as England, Belgium, Portugal, and Brazil.

Last season, STATSports kitted out the England U15 Schoolgirls and England U18 Schoolboys with GPS trackers and vests, providing both the management team and players with valuable insight and data on the teams’ performances, helping them reach their maximum potential for their competitive matches. In 2023, the Association is hoping to further utilise the capabilities of the technology within National Cup fixtures to help schools understand the wide-ranging benefits of the Statsports brand.

ESFA Chair, Marvin Robinson said: “As we embark on our third season together, the ESFA is delighted to continue our partnership with STATSports. As the official GPS partner of the Association, STATSports equips our two international squads with GPS trackers, offering invaluable insights into player performance. This technology was a game-changer for us last season, contributing to the remarkable success and growth of the England U15 Schoolgirls’ and U18 Schoolboys’ squads. We’re committed to supporting STATSports in promoting their GPS technology among schools and teams involved in ESFA activities. With this cutting-edge technology, we aim to help these teams reach even greater heights in the coming season.”

STATSports’ leading GPS technology can offer your school or Association teams a unique opportunity to develop their game and provide valuable insights into players’ performance. It is also a great educational tool to help students understand the importance of data and stats in the modern game and within all sports and physical activity within an educational environment. To find out how your team can benefit from STATSports technology please contact Mark Haughey – for more information.

STATSports currently have an have an offer on their Apex Coach Series for team purchases. These systems provide simplified GPS data for coaches that can be accessed and analysed in an educational setting. The package is perfect for teams at all levels and age groups. Claim your no obligation free demo via the link below:


ESFA and UCFB continue partnership for the 23/24 season

The English Schools’ FA (ESFA) is delighted to announce that it has extended its partnership with the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) to continue being the Associations’ official Higher Education partner until 2025.  

The partnership, which began in 2018, has shared communications to numerous schools and students on the many benefits of studying at UCFB and the opportunities available to young people to go on to work within the sports industry.  

The University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) is a world first in higher education, offering undergraduate university degrees in the football and sports industry. Offering degrees in football coaching & analysis, football business, sport psychology, media and broadcasting, sports coaching science, marketing, finance and more, UCFB is a leading destination for education in the football and sports industry. Located at their campuses in London, which has the iconic Wembley Stadium at its heart, and their Manchester campus, students are embedded in the football and sports industry. UCFB’s innovative football and sports programmes are tailor-made to give students and industry professionals alike the best possible chance of a successful career in their chosen sector. 

Throughout the long-standing partnership, there has been highlights such as football matches between the England U18 Schoolboys’ and UCFB, as well as educational talks with students at several ESFA events and interview technique masterclasses with ESFA CEO, Andrea Chilton. UCFB have also made a substantial contribution to the ESFA’s Schools’ Football Week campaign offering free careers sessions to participating schools and providing classroom materials for teachers to use in their football-themed lessons.   

For the 2023/24 season, the ESFA and UCFB have teamed up to create the ESFA Bursary, a brilliant opportunity for one aspirational student to work closely with the team at the ESFA gaining some industry experience whilst receiving a top-class education at UCFB. Stay tuned for more information on this in the coming months.  

ESFA Chair Marvin Robinson said: “Get ready for a season of incredible possibilities as we embark on a joint mission with UCFB in 2023/24. Our shared goal of using football as a platform for personal growth, educational excellence, and career advancement makes this partnership truly exhilarating. Together, we’re set to enhance our services for the benefit of our players, students, and the entire football community.” 

Sharona Friedman, President of UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport, added: “Over the past few years, a number of our students have gained great insight and had positive experiences working alongside the ESFA. We’re naturally delighted that this work will continue over the next couple of years and I look forward to both organisations benefitting from each other’s expertise.” 

To kick off the 23/24 schools’ football season, UCFB would like to find out how they can support schools and colleges around the country and open access to their in-house expertise and network in the football and sports industry.  
This short survey will take no longer than a few minutes to complete – thank you very much in advance for your time.

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