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National Schools’ Football Week is Here!

Welcome to the second National Schools’ Football Week, in association with the PlayStation Schools’ Cup…

…and have we got some treats in store for you!

Monday 4 February

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To celebrate day one of National Schools’ Football Week (SFW) the ESFA are heading to St Bede’s School in Ormskirk to take former Premier League and England player, Stephen Warnock back to where his footballing career started. Warnock, now a media pundit, played at every level of schools’ football representing St Bede’s, his district, his county and ESFA U15 England schoolboys.

We’ll be chatting to Stephen about his experiences and he’ll be put under scrutiny by current St Bede’s pupils. We’ll also be running some coaching sessions for PE classes!

Follow us on Instagram (@schoolsfootball) for updates throughout the afternoon and look out for our full interview in the coming days!

We’ll also be heading over to PlayFootball in Birmingham on Monday to see how teams are getting on in the ESFA U12 Monster Fives West Midlands finals! Good luck to all the teams taking part!

Tuesday 5 February

Tuesday sees the ESFA Deaf Schools’ Football Finals kick off at the Derby Powerleague. We’ll be there to get some coverage of our fantastic disability tournament – make sure you switch on notifications for our Instagram posts so you can be the first to see all the action!

Wednesday 6 February

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We’ll be heading off to Hertfordshire on Wednesday for the Schools’ Football Week PlayStation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round event, featuring Spurs and England player, Harry Winks. We look forward to welcoming Harry along to the event during this exciting week-long celebration of Schools’ Football. Don’t forget to check out @PSSchoolsCup on instagram and Twitter for all the behind-the-scenes action.

Thursday 7 February

We’ll be recapping the weeks’ events so far on Thursday and also celebrating the ESFA’s England U18 Schoolboys squad with a special treat for them, courtesy of our friends at Panini UK. 

Friday 8 February

Friday sees competition winners, Lymm High School in Cheshire receive their prize of a coaching session at their school with national treasure, Chris Kamara! After submitting a fantastic competition entry, the school, which have entered almost every ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup competition this season, will welcome ESFA coaches and Kammy along for a fantastic end to the week-long celebrations.

Show us your support

Whilst we have some wonderful events planned for the coming week, we love nothing more than seeing what schools are up to to celebrate Schools’ Football Week across England! It’s really simple to tell us what you are up to – just post your pictures and updates across social media and tag in @SchoolsFootball and @PSSchoolsCup with the hashtag #SchoolsFootballWeek

If you want some extra guidance – you can download the schools’ football week guide here!

ESFA National Finals

National Finals aren’t too far away and we’ll be sharing dates and venues across the week so you can plan to join in! Keep your eyes peeled for updates!

Happy Schools’ Football week from all of us at the English Schools’ FA and the PlayStation Schools’ Cup team!

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ESFA Internationals, International Football, Sponsors and Partners

ESFA Sponsors, Partners and the international programme

ESFA Sponsors, Partners and the incredible behind the scenes support for the international programme

Off the back of the two recent kit presentations to the ESFA’s England squads, a team training session and an international friendly match, both the England Schoolgirls’ and England Schoolboys’ squads are making memories to cherish already. It takes a good team behind you to make all these experiences possible and for both international programmes, the ESFA are well supported by a number of great partners including Pendle Sportswear, inspiresport, Pass4Soccer, 33 Creative, 353 Photography and UCFB. 


Pendle Sportswear lead the way in designing, manufacturing and supplying the official 2018/19 ESFA England kit. Check it out –

Home Royal White and Blue Kit –

Away Sky White Kit – 

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Goalkeeper Yellow/Black Kit –

Pendle also offer a number of discounts and opportunities for deals on their sportswear and equipment to ESFA schools – you can contact them directly for more information.


Courtesy of our partners inspiresport, the U15 England Schoolgirls’ will be jetting of to Eindhoven for some good team building and special training camps ahead of the April. Similarly, the U18 Boys will also be heading off on tour to Milan with inspiresport for an intense training session ahead of their Centenary Shield fixtures!


33 Creative are hugely supportive with everything brand-related, from pens and banners to digital logos and web graphics. 33 Creative are directly involved in designing and producing this season’s England programmes – just take look at last weekends England V Australia programme – 


Our official ESFA photographer, 353 Photography works very closely within the schools football community, crossing the county far and wide, all the while providing high quality action shots and match reports. 353 Photography will be involved in capturing all the footballing memories for our England squads, here is some of his top work so far –  

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The team at PASS4Soccer have worked closely with ESFA students for a large number of years and have the experience and knowledge to guide students currently within ESFA affiliated schools when seeking Higher Education soccer scholarships in the USA. PASS4Soccer this international season have attended both the 15 girls and 18 boys trials, holding talks with players and parents explaining Scholarship pathway opportunities to studying and playing in the USA.


UCFB, a relatively new partner of the ESFA, are now firmly set as our Foundation Partner for Higher Education and are keen to be get involved with the international programme. In fact, so keen that they’re putting a squad together to face our England Schoolboys directly on the pitch at not one, but two venues. 9 February sees the England Schoolboys V UCFB in Manchester at the Belle Vue Sports Village with a 2pm KO and 2 March sees England Schoolboys v UCFB students from their Wembley campus – date and time TBC. Stay tuned on our social media for further updates and announcements.

Get your brand involved with our England programmes… 

We are still looking for a broadcasting sponsor for live streaming of the England U18’s home Centenary Shield matches – read more here to see how you can get involved.

You can also follow the link here and see how you can get your brand behind our England programme. Contact our PR & Communications Executive, Sarah Kearney at for more information.