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Schools’ Football Week 2020- 3-7 February

The English Schools’ FA (ESFA) is delighted to announce that this season’s Schools’ Football Week (SFW), taking place from 3 – 7 February 2020, has encouraged football opportunities for over 22,500 school pupils across England.

Schools’ Football Week, an ESFA initiative, is a countrywide campaign, designed to highlight the huge scale of Schools’ Football in England and also an opportunity for schools, teams and clubs to showcase their talent, dedication and benefits of schools’ football using their own experiences.

The ESFA invited schools, Community Trusts and Schools’ Football Associations from across England to show their support for Schools’ Football Week and to outline any plans they have in place for the event. Over 300 schools and teams registered their activity and the impact of Schools’ Football Week has some impressive figures attached;

  • We expect more than 2,704 teams (boys, girls and mixed) to be taking part in                     activity between 3 – 7 February
  • We expect more than 22,580 school children in England to be involved in some                kind of activity relating to Schools’ Football Week

ESFA data shows that schools plan to hold both intra and inter-school activities for boys and girls and over 150 schools will be holding coaching or training sessions for their pupils and players to take part in, all in the name of schools’ football. Schools also advised the ESFA they are planning to hold assemblies, integrate football into history and geography lessons as well host challenges for both pupils and teachers to take part in, such as cross-bar challenges, beat the goalie and penalty shootouts. Some schools are holding charity events and inviting pupils to wear their favourite football shirt to school for the day.

Schools and teams that registered their activity for Schools’ Football Week will all be placed into a draw to win 30 tickets for a free tour of Wembley, donated by The FA to support the Schools’ Football Week campaign.

School pupils were also invited to take part in a pupil survey, with a view to giving them a voice and the opportunity to share their thoughts on the football landscape as a whole. Over 150 school pupils filled out the online survey –

  • 70% of them agreed with the current ruling that mixed football should be available for pupils up to the age of Under 18
  • 65% believed that England have a good chance of winning Euro 2020 in June
  • Messi came out on top as the best player in world football.

Aside from this, all of the respondents believed that they had benefitted from at least one of the ESFA’s “15 benefits of Schools’ Football”, which is a reassuring compliment for the Association and its deep rooted values. Pupils also gave their opinions on schools’ football-specific subjects, such as playing formats for various ages of the game – all of the responses will be reviewed by the ESFA as the Governing Body for Schools’ Football and taken into account when making strategic plans for forthcoming seasons. Pupils that completed the survey were given the opportunity to provide their school name and all schools whose details have been received will be in with a chance of winning a full football kit for a squad of 15 from official ESFA kit providers, Pendle.

Former Schools’ Footballers, Michael Keane (Everton and England) and Tammy Abraham (Chelsea and England) created some video content for the ESFA and talked about their own experiences within Schools’ Football and why it was so important to them. The ESFA is delighted to boast such high profile supporters of the work taken out by the Association and hopes to continue to inspire future generations of English players in their professional careers.

The ESFA will be marking the start of Schools’ Football Week on Monday 3 February with the first ever PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup Next Level Live event, taking place at West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns Stadium. In conjunction with ESFA partners, PlayStation, the event will provide the opportunity for over 300 school pupils from secondary schools across England to take part in unique careers development sessions hosted by ESFA higher education partner, University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) as well as immersive activities set up throughout the stadium highlighting the various elements of the PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup and featuring some PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup ambassadors.

Thursday 6 February will mark the Schools’ Football Week “Game On” aspect of the campaign – we will be monitoring all activity on social media that takes place on this day to get a good snapshot of Schools’ Football activity within one specific day. All schools or teams that use the hashtag #SFWGameOn on 6 February will be put into a draw to win a framed Panini sticker mock up collection, featuring their own players from their school or club team.

ESFA Chairman, Phil Harding said; “We are delighted to see the impressive figure of school children in England who will get the opportunity to partake in some degree of Schools’ Football thanks to the Schools’ Football Week campaign. The ESFA’s ethos is that of an educational establishment and it’s incredibly important to us that we are able to provide new ways to give children in England the opportunity to take part in football related activity as part of a healthy lifestyle and educational balance.”

The ESFA will be promoting Schools’ Football Week activity across all social media channels from 3 – 7 February and sharing as much content as possible received from participants.

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Schools Football Week- 3rd -7th February 2020

Schools’ Football Week is almost here – don’t forget to register for some amazing opportunities

We are really excited to be bringing you Schools’ Football Week from the 3 – 7 February. The campaign is all about celebrating Schools’ Football in whatever format it takes shape for you. Without your input we can’t paint an accurate picture of the schools’ football landscape in England, which is exactly what we want to do.

It’s really simple to register – just follow the link below and let us know how you will be celebrating Schools’ Football Week this year. From something as small as organising a five-a-side match at lunchtime, to something larger like running a week’s worth of football-based classroom based lessons – whatever your contribution, it will really help us to celebrate together. Even if you aren’t planning activity, it would still be great if you could register, just to show your support for the campaign and the importance of recognising the hard work and time that goes into Schools’ Football in this country.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SFWreg2020

For all registered activity you could be in with a chance of winning 30 tickets to a free tour of Wembley Stadium – a good enough reason in itself to keep us updated!

Pupil Survey

We also really want to take the opportunity to give your pupils the chance to really have a voice on the world of football – this is open to all pupils of all ages – we really want to get a good idea of how children feel about the landscape of football as a whole. This isn’t just for players, this really is for anyone who wants the chance to share their opinions.

Pupils can log the name of their school whilst completing the survey and this will automatically enter the school into a draw to win a free football kit for a squad of 15 from our Official Kit Suppliers, Pendle – an opportunity not to be missed. Please share the link below with your pupils for them to take part –

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SFWpupilsurvey

Getting social

We have some great logos and assets to share with you, you can download them here. We want to create a real presence of the campaign on social media – and for those of you involved to also share videos, photos and details on what you are doing to celebrate Schools’ Football Week.

We will be tracking all posts that include the hashtags #SchoolsFootballWeek and #SFWGameOn and will be entering all of these posts into a draw to win some additional prizes and rewards – so make sure you keep us updated and don’t miss out. We’ll share some more information over the coming weeks, so stay tuned!