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:


Rewarding our Volunteers

Reward and Recognition 2018/19 – Announcement of the Second Winner John Anderson

Once again, The English Schools’ Football Association, supported by the FA, will be running the Reward and Recognition Awards programme in order to celebrate our volunteer network across the Country.

We truly value the work that goes into running schools’ football nationwide, with the passion of individuals often the reason that so many children and young people have a fantastic experience in the game. It is these people that we want to celebrate and therefore, we need your help to find those who have had the greatest impact.

Winner Number 2 – John Anderson

Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

John was nominated by Natalie Marvin, Team Leader at Parish Church Primary School and is well known for being right at the heart of anything happening in schools’ football in Gainsborough.

John has held regular training sessions for the children of Parish School. With no school field, he utilises the local park to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience the joy of football. The children at the school have become the Y5/6 Mixed Team and the Y5/6 Girls’ Team, who went on to win the district ESFA 7-a-side competition for a record-breaking 6th year in a row, whilst John’s Y5/6 Boys’ team and Y5/6 Girls’ team were district winners of the National League Trust competitions. At regional level, these teams finished in 3rd and 4th places.

Above and beyond his role at Parish School, John held community training sessions for all children, providing an opportunity for both a Girls and Boys representative team to go on to compete in the ESFA U11 9-a-side District Cup, whilst his successful bid to the ESFA and Premier League Scheme funded new kits for these teams.

Along with running all of these teams, two local schools’ leagues and three district cups, John also successfully applied for the ESFA Development Fund, using the money to run two inspirational festivals for children across Gainsborough, to introduce them to football too.

Congratulations and thank you for your hard work John, making you this season’s second nominee for the ESFA Volunteer of the Year and feature in the Reward and Recognition Programme, along with the recipient of 2 tickets to England vs Croatia at Wembley Stadium in November.

How can you get involved?

Who do you know that goes above and beyond their call of duty?

Who is it that has inspired young people?

This is now your chance to nominate your local heroes for these National Awards!

Winners will receive a pair of tickets to selected England games, with a number of windows for nominations to be submitted. They are:

Window 3: September 28th – October 15th 2018


More dates to be announced.

All winners will also be put forward for a chance to be presented with the ESFA Contribution to Schools’ Football Award for 2018-19.

For more information, please contact: Entries should also be submitted to this address, on the Nomination Form which you can download here.

Please note: Only successful applicants will be contacted. Applications received after closure of the 1st window, will be considered in the 2nd application window etc.