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England U18 Schoolboys- Two home Centenary Shield fixtures announced

The English Schools Football Association are delighted to announce two home International fixtures for the 2020 Centenary Shield

England v ROI | Friday 3 April 2020 | Spennymoor Town FC | 7pm KO

The England U18 Schoolboys will undertake their second Centenary Shield match on Friday 3 April against the Republic of Ireland schoolboys at Spennymoor Town FC.

The England squad will be proudly wearing the 3 Lions badge for their first competitive home match, when the fixture kicks off at 7pm at the Brewery Field, hosted by Spennymoor Town.

The players, who were presented with their Utilita sponsored England kits ahead of their friendly fixture against Australian Schoolboys back in January, will take on their ROI peers in what will be their first home Centenary Shield match of the season.

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Tickets are available now online via the Spennymoor website – click here to purchase yours! Tickets will also be available on the gate, providing they don’t sell out beforehand – don’t miss out!

Watch online via ESFA YouTube Channel, ESFA TV, powered by Utilita. Live coverage will begin around 30 minutes before kick off and the match will be streamed with full commentary and replays live! It will also be able to view as a replay on ESFA TV.

Don’t forget to subscribe to ESFA TV to stay up to date with all of our most recent video content.

England v Scotland | Thursday 9 April 2020 | North Ferriby FC | 7pm KO

The England U18 Schoolboys will undertake their third Centenary Shield match on Thursday 9 April against the Scotland U18 Schoolboys at North Ferriby FC.

The England squad will face Scotland in their second home match, when the fixture kicks off at 7pm at the Dransfield Stadium, hosted by North Ferriby.

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Tickets are available to order via email to tspollard@btinternet.com – tickets will also be available on the gate, providing they don’t sell out beforehand – don’t miss out!

Watch online via ESFA YouTube Channel, ESFA TV, powered by Utilita. Live coverage will begin around 30 minutes before kick off and the match will be streamed with full commentary and replays live! It will also be able to view as a replay on ESFA TV.

Don’t forget to subscribe to ESFA TV to stay up to date with all of our most recent video content.

Pre-match and behind the scenes coverage will be available on the ESFA social channels (@schoolsfootball on Twitter and Instagram) and don’t forget – an live Player of the Match vote will take place on our Twitter account around 10 mins before the end of the match!

Spectators are encouraged to come along to both games to support this season’s squad as they battle it out for Centenary Shield glory. Tickets will be available on the gate at a cost of £5/£3 (concessions)

We look forward to welcoming you along to this year’s home matches!

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England Squad Eindhoven Training Camp – Round up

Last week saw the England U18 Schoolboy and U15 Schoolgirl squads make the trip to Eindhoven for their 4 day training camp, courtesy of ESFA travel providers, inspiresport.

Both teams had the opportunity to play two friendly matches during the trip and you can read match reports from the boys’ match v Utrecht U17s and girls’ match against Feyenoord U15s here.

Aside from two friendly matches, the teams experienced training sessions with PSV Eindhoven coaches at their De Herdgang training facility.

Having arrived in the Netherlands through Storm Dennis, the weather showed little signs of improvement across the continent with a mix of strong winds, rain and an icy feel to the temperature despite the sunshine making an appearance during the early morning practice sessions.

As well as the excellent sporting facilities available to both squads at the hotel, there was also an opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of the Phillips Stadium, home of PSV Eindhoven, with the girls also taking in a tour of the KNVB Campus after their game on Sunday afternoon. At the home of the Dutch National sides, the girls were given a look around the excellent facilities on hand for the cream of Dutch football as well as being given a few lessons in Dutch football history along the way.

All in all the trip once again provided the perfect opportunity for coaches and players to bond for their upcoming Centenary Shield and Bob Docherty Cup matches.

Over the next few days we’ll be posting interviews taken with U15 squad members, Niamh O’Neill and Leonie Telford and U18 players Kenny Bernal and Ross Johnstone – giving their thoughts on the benefits of the tour – look out for the links in the next few days.

Keep an eye out for even more videos from the Eindhoven experience ahead of upcoming friendly and competitive fixtures for both of the ESFA’s England squads this season.