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England U18 Schoolboys’ Pro:Direct trials- South squad announcement

The ESFA is delighted to announce the successful trialists from the second stage of the England U18 Schoolboys’ trial process. These boys will now progress to the final trial on December 11th representing the South of England for a chance to be selected for their country as part of the final squad.

The ESFA began the second stage of the U18 Schoolboys’ Pro:Direct trials on Sunday 20th November at Winchester College. The event saw the South East and South West regional squads selected in phase one of the process compete against each other for a spot at the final trials in December.

You can view the selected squad details below –

The successful trialists below will travel to Lilleshall National Sports Centre on Sunday 11th December for the final trial. The South squad will compete against their northern counterparts for one of the eighteen spots available in the final squad and the opportunity to represent their country for the 2022/23 international season.

Full details of the International trials and a rundown of what to expect from the 2022/23 international season can be found here.

A huge congratulations to the players listed below for being selected for the South representative squad:

Players Name Players County 
Kaiden HummerstonSussex
Daniel White Norfolk
Harvey GilhamNorfolk
Oliver HartSuffolk
Ollie FraserSuffolk
Jonny O’sullivan Buckinghamshire
James TaylorBedfordshire
Tom GreenKent
Victor DanielsKent
Jasper Sheik Hampshire
Dominic CupidHampshire
Jacob Towns Gloucestershire
Joshua RadfordGloucestershire
Laiith FairnieGloucestershire
Luke Salter Gloucestershire
Sam WhiteWiltshire
Jowan PartridgeWiltshire
George NewtonCornwall

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 for regular updates on the 22/23 international programme.

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SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL WEEK 2023 – Save the date 

Let’s support even more pupils to enjoy the benefits of Schools’ Football!  The English Schools’ Football Association is delighted to announce the return of Schools’ Football Week, from 6th – 12th February 2023!

Schools’ Football Week (SFW), is an ongoing ESFA initiative designed as an opportunity for schools, teams and clubs from across the country to embrace schools’ football and the wellbeing benefits it provides to pupils and payers. It celebrates the importance of schools’ football, competitive or otherwise, to pupils across England and provides teachers and coaches with tools and a motivation to further discuss the benefits of schools’ football within their educational environment.  

The 2022 campaign saw us embrace the growing participation in girls’ football in schools – promoting the importance of equal access to schools’ football for both girls and boys. In this new season, following the incredible journey of the Lionesses and continuing the trend the ESFA have seen over the last two years, we are going to continue in our pursuit to celebrate girls’ and all schools’ football in 2023.  

Schools’ Football Week 2022 saw the ESFA reach huge new levels of participation – 

  • Over 142,000 pupils took part in SFW activity 
  • Over 10,000 teams were involved in SFW 
  • Over 800 schools registered for events 
  • Over 56,000 girls benefitted from schools’ football activity during SFW 

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this fantastic campaign in 2023! 

Save the date 

The 2023 campaign will officially launch on Monday 28 November. We will be asking schools, Associations and clubs to register activity, allowing us to see participation levels from across England and to understand the activities taking place to celebrate SFW in your area. The registration link is already live, for those who want to sign up straight away, but full information, along with a toolkit to help you with ideas on how to get involved, will be shared on Monday 28th November. 

We have launched a brand new website dedicated to Schools’ Football Week this year and we will be keeping that updated with news stories, resources and information for you to access. Simply visit to find out more and don’t forget to follow @schoolsfootball on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to be kept up to date with all of our activity.