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ESFA Launch new volunteer Reward and Recognition scheme

ESFA to launch new Reward & Recognition campaign for Schools’ Football volunteers across England 

The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) is delighted to be planning a new Reward and Recognition Awards scheme for the 2022/23 Schools’ Football Season. This new campaign will see the Association, as the National Governing Body for Schools’ Football, reach out to and reward the army of volunteers that continue to dedicate their time, providing opportunities for school pupils across England to participate in local schools’ football activity.  

Recent findings have shown that there are volunteers giving up their time on behalf of the ESFA in local areas, via local County and District Schools’ FA’s – without realising that their efforts are contributing to the countrywide mission of the Association. The work of volunteers is intrinsic to the continuation of the ESFA across local and representative football and its impact on communities throughout England. Therefore, it is important the Association attempts to make a connection with these valuable volunteers to both recognise and reward their contributions.  

The ESFA plans to reach as many volunteers as possible, reminding them of how valued their input is and maybe even introducing some of them to the wider work of the English Schools’ FA. The new campaign also ensures that volunteers are aware of some of the benefits that can be accessed as part of their ESFA Membership. The Association is therefore asking volunteers to spare a few minutes to fill out the below survey, ensuring their contact details are captured – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YYHZBKP

As part of the campaign, all volunteers that register via the link above will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Pro:Direct voucher. There will be 10 chances to win in each of the ESFA’s 4 regions (North, Midlands, South East & South West).  

ESFA volunteers can already register for a Pro:Direct account as part of the ESFA’s ‘clubshop’, via this link. This registration will ensure volunteers automatically receive 12 months free Elite Plus membership to Pro:Direct including 12 months free delivery on all items and 10% off their next football boot purchase.  

The ESFA’s new Reward & Recognition campaign is designed to reinforce the importance of volunteering within Schools’ Football and the Association plans to embrace this for the upcoming season and beyond.  

Rewarding our Volunteers

Reward & Recognition – What rewards do you really value?

The English Schools’ FA have already launched the Reward and Recognition programme to help show our appreciation to volunteers from within the broad spectrum of schools’ football. Whilst we have already been able to present two worthy winners with some prizes this season, we still want to do more to improve the programme and provide valued rewards for the volunteers nationwide.

We know that the ESFA exists on a platform of incredibly dedicated and hard-working volunteers and we really want to be able to give a ‘thank you’ to them in ways that we know they will appreciate.

The latest winner was John Anderson from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire:

John received a pair of tickets to the England vs Croatia game at Wembley and although this may be a fantastic prize for a England fan like John, we recognise that perhaps not every volunteer would necessarily feel personally rewarded with England tickets.

Therefore, we want to put the question to YOU

What type of rewards would you personally value?

As a result of this, we have put together a short questionnaire and invite you to please, take a couple of minutes to let us know your thoughts. Additionally, we would appreciate if you could share this link far and wide, to your own network of volunteers so we can get a really good idea of what people are looking for.

Please use the link below to let us know how we can really reward and recognise our workforce: