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England U18 Schoolboys’ Pro:Direct trials stage 1- South West & Midlands regional squads announced

The English Schools’ FA (ESFA) is delighted to announce the successful trialists from the initial stage of the England U18 Schoolboys’ trial process. These trialists will now progress to stage two, representing their region with the aim of reaching the final trial in December.

The ESFA concluded stage one of the England U18 Schoolboys’ Pro:Direct trials on Sunday 5th November, with events taking place in the South West and the Midlands. From these trials, the below regional squads have been selected and they will now go forward to represent their respective regions in stage 2 of the trials process.

A huge congratulations to the players listed below for making their respective regional squads:

South West Squad

Players Name Players County 
Bryan StalleyGloucestershire
Tawana ChangaGloucestershire
Charlie WoodingDorset
Morgan JonesCornwall
Ned SymonsCornwall
Harvey ChogugudzaHampshire
Dominic CupidHampshire
Toby NelsonHampshire
Josh McMenemyBerkshire
Brandon CampbellBerkshire
James BenhamBerkshire
Hayden VaughanBerkshire
Isaac FinchSomerset
Freddie HadenSomerset
Finnbar ScottOxfordshire
Joseph SmartOxfordshire

Midlands Squad

Players Name Players County 
Arran CocksLeicestershire & Rutland
Mario NovakuStaffordshire
Zack RobertsStaffordshire
Jonah ScuttStaffordshire
Ashton MusgraveNorthamptonshire
William ColemanNorthamptonshire
Harvey SolleyShropshire
Archie ElsdonShropshire
Isaac StanleyShropshire
Thomas CulverhouseShropshire
Alfie BonasShropshire
Kai AdamsShropshire
Macara McNulty – HartnettShropshire
Daniel BufferyShropshire
George LycettStaffordshire
Theo EzeaShropshire

The ESFA would like to thank all the players that took part in this season’s initial trials and wish them the very best of luck with their next pursuits in their footballing careers.

Follow the ESFA’s social media channels (@schoolsfootball) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and www.schoolsfootball.org for regular updates on the 23/24 international programme.

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English Schools’ FA announce new USA Scholarships Partner

The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) is delighted to announce their new partnership with Future Elite Sports, part of Keystone Sports – the official scholarship partner of the ESFA.  

Keystone Sports is vastly experienced in providing quality scholarships in the USA, assisting more than 2,300 student-athletes every year, from 30 different countries obtain scholarships in the US since being formed in 2007. Future Elite Sports will be working alongside the ESFA to promote the incredible opportunities available for ESFA schools’ cup players in America. 

The Partnership which has officially launched as of October 2023, will run for an initial three years and during this time both the ESFA and Future Elite Sports hope to be able to share the success of their current scholarship students and promote the exciting possibilities that will open up to ESFA players through this new partnership. 

ESFA Chair, Marvin Robinson said: “This partnership is a fundamental part of our provision for ESFA student-athletes. Together with Future Elite Sports, we’re opening doors to a world of opportunities in the USA. We look forward to nurturing the potential of our players and witnessing their incredible life journeys unfold.”

The Keystone Sports services assist talented individuals through the complex process of becoming a student-athlete in the USA. Keystone Sports works with colleges and universities across the 50 States, helping American coaches scout the best available talent wherever they are from in the world. Student-athletes have achieved scholarships to top universities such as Duke University, Penn State, UCLA and Cal Berkeley. Keystone Sports help find opportunities for student-athletes at schools belonging to NCAA Division 1, NCAA Division 2, NCAA Division 3, NAIA and NJCAA – across all levels of academics and sports.

Future Elite Sports said: “We are thrilled to announce our exciting partnership with the English Schools’ FA. This partnership offers great advantages for students who wish to combine football and education in the USA, while also bringing value to ESFA-affiliated schools. Students gain access to our scholarship services and the opportunity to participate in our US recruitment tours. We are really excited about building a strong and successful relationship with the English Schools’ FA and its members”

More information on Future Elite Sports and how you or your students can get involved with their scholarship programmes will be emailed directly to schools in the coming days, however in the meantime, please head over to their website for more information and to contact Keystone Sports / Future Elite Sports directly to discuss options that are available for you.