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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.

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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 – m.haughey@statsports.com 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: