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ESFA Danone U11 Primary Finals Announced

ESFA U11 Danone Nations Cup National Finals to take place at Birmingham City FC on Saturday 4 May 2019


The English Schools’ FA will be heading to Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s Stadium on Saturday 4 May to host this season’s ESFA U11 Danone Nations Cup National Finals 2019.

32 primary school teams from across the country will descend on Birmingham to play in a series of fixtures, before National Champions are announced at the end of the day. Eight National Finalists have been named for each of the four competitions, sponsored by Danone as part of the Danone Nations World Cup initiative. All the teams have competed in and won District, County and Regional rounds in each of their respective competitions and the Regional Champions now progress to this year’s National Final.

The matches will kick off at 12pm on Saturday 4 May, with the gates opening from 10am. Entry to all spectators is free and match day programmes will be available to purchase. A refreshment kiosk will be open within the BCFC concourse for the purchase of hot and cold snacks and refreshments.

For the third year, selected matches from within the ESFA U11 Danone Nations Cup finals will be streamed live online thanks to our broadcast partners, 247.TV via the ESFA’s YouTube Channel, ESFA TV.

The English Schools’ FA would like to congratulate all 32 finalists on their hard work in reaching this National event and wish all teams the very best of luck on 4 May.

This year’s National Finalists –

ESFA U11 Danone Schools’ Cup Finalists 2019

Huntington Primary Academy, North Yorkshire
Gosforth Junior High Academy, Northumberland
Battling Brook Primary School, Leicestershire & Rutland
Lowes Wong Junior School, Nottinghamshire
Broadstone Middle School, Dorset
Fair Oak Junior School, Hampshire
Gerrards Cross CofE School, Buckinghamshire
Cheam Common Junior School, Surrey

ESFA U11 Danone Schools’ Cup for Girls Finalists 2019

Easington Colliery Primary School, Durham
Ovingham Middle School, Northumberland
Fulfen Primary School, Staffordshire
Walkwood CofE Middle School, Worcestershire
Highnam CofE Primary Academy, Gloucestershire
St Katharine’s C.E. (V.A.) Primary School, Dorset
Long Ridings PRimary School, Essex
Canonbury Primary School, Inner London

ESFA U11 Danone Small Schools’ Cup Finalists 2019

Newcastle School for Boys, Northumberland
Christ Church Catholic Primary School, Northumberland
Newtown CofE Primary School, Shropshire
Warton Nethersole CofE Primary School, Warwickshire
Gretton Primary School, Gloucestershire
Whitchurch Primary School, Oxfordshire
Loyola Preparatory School, Essex
English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, Sussex

ESFA U11 Danone District Cup Finalists 2019

Sheffield Schools’ FA, South Yorkshire
The Wirral SFA, Merseyside
Erdington & Saltley PSFA, West Midlands
Nottingham SFA, Nottinghamshire
Plymouth SFA, Devon
Slough SFA, Berkshire
Thurrock PSFA, Essex
South London SFA, Inner London

Danone Nations World Cup 2019

The 2019 Danone Nations World Cup competition will take place in Barcelona in October this year and winners of the District Cup and Girls’ Cup competitions will be invited, along with last year’s winners, to attend to represent England during the festivities.

Over 700 children from 27 countries will attend the event, which will see each of the teams have the chance to head out onto the RCDE Stadium, home to La Liga team CF Espanyol, to play in their final match, following prior qualifying rounds.

2019 will mark the first time England have had the opportunity to send girls’ teams to the tournament and the four English teams (2018 and 2019 champions) will have the experience of a lifetime as they get to take part in the World’s Biggest Football Tournament.

ESFA National Finals, Match Reports

Match Report: ESFA U18 ‘B Team’ Schools’ Cup National Final 2019

John Madejski Academy 2 – 0 Thomas Telford School

On Tuesday 2nd March the ESFA headed to Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Waters Meadows to feature the two Boys’ U18 National Finals, which showcased some of the best U18 schools footballing talents from around the country.


After 5 previous rounds and over 7 months of exhilarating cup matches, the finalists were confirmed as Reading’s John Madejski Academy (JMA) and Telford & Wrekin’s Thomas Telford School. With just the National Final remaining, the two teams battled it out to become National Champions!

John Madejski Academy (Sky/White)Thomas Telford School (Gold/Burgundy)
1Joe Whiter13Jon Acton 
14Ethan O’Kelly36Jason Harris
17Callum Rofle ©21Joshua Garrington
20Kaylum Barlow4Ethan Tiernan-Spratt
30Luke Donville12Joseph Byrne
25Denis Haxhiu6Joseph Richards
34Hassan Jibreel22Jamie Bolderston
35Kian Leahy18Steven Nicholson ©
48Nicky Heffernan14Joshua Smallwood
54Will Okine-Peters19Josef Pratt
56Richard Colley45Ryan Knott
18Joe Waight15Jahmaal Mclntosh
28Earl Amaglo24Joel Hodnett
23Haseeb Ali28Nathan Goodfellow
32Jack Charles1Luke Payton
40Muneer Fakih17Dante Bradley



Kick off – John Madejski Academy v Thomas Telford School

The second featured match at Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Meadows started as a rather cagey affair, with both teams defences’ coming out on top. Around the twenty minute mark, the game began to open up with JMA’s Heffenan (48) and Thomas Telford’s Pratt (19) causing the most danger with the ball for their respective teams.

Thomas Telford’s Nicholson (18) put in a brilliant first half display, playing the box to box midfielder role expertly. He helped to Thomas Telford retain ball control, moving the ball around and then winning it back quickly once play turned over.

The first half Interval might have come a little too quickly for Thomas Telford, since they were dominating the ball, working some good areas and beginning to carve out some chances.

Half time – John Madejski Academy 0 – 0 Thomas Telford School

After the break JMA made a few changes and two minutes later Ali (23) whipped in a deep cross and, causing confusion in the Thomas Telford box, the ball fell to Amaglo (28) who fired it into a corridor of uncertainty where Waight (18) was waiting to tap it home…1 – 0 to JMA (47th minute).

JMA were looking strong after the break, causing the Thomas Telford’s back line real problems with chances falling to Waight (18) and Okin-Peters (34). An opportunity emerged for Pratt (19) and driving into the JMA box, he unleashed a shot but Whiter (1) utilising the modern day hockey style keeper technique, sprung his legs laterally preventing a good chance to equalise and keeping JMA in the driving seat!

Thomas Telford kept the pressure on in the search of the equalising goal, but come the 75th minute Okin-Peters (34) put JMA into a commanding lead. Okin-Peters (34) caught Thomas Telford trying to play out of the back after some good harrying, Okin-Peters (34) pounced on a loose ball, rounded the keeper and passed it into the net making it 2 – 0 to JMA. 

Full time – John Madejski Academy 2 – 0 Thomas Telford School

While Thomas Telford pressed and probed for a goal to give them a glimpse of hope of retaining their 2017/18 title, the JMA defence held strong and looked dangerous on the counter. John Madejski Academy as a team managed the game out well and with the help of a standout performance from keeper Joe Whiter (1) JMA claimed the ESFA U18 ‘B Team’ Schools’ Cup for Boys title.

John Madejski School are National Champions!

The final score at Montgomery Waters Meadow finished John Madejski Academy 2 – 0 Thomas Telford School. Congratulations to John Madejski Academy on earning the title of 2018/19 ESFA U18 ‘B Team’ Schools’ Cup for Boys Champions.



PLAYER OF THE MATCH Interview – Joe (up the Ascot Utd FC) Whiter, John Madejski Academy 

POST MATCH MANGER INTERVIEW – John Polston, John Madejski Academy

You can relive all the action again via the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV!