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ESFA Announce Utilita as new Principal Partner

The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) is delighted to announce Utilita, the smart energy experts, as a new Principal Partner to the Association and sponsors of the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV.

Utilita, who are about to officially launch a brand new #EnergyHigh5 campaign, encouraging the nation to make five simple adjustments to their energy habits at home in order to make a big saving on wasted energy as well as their bills, have partnered with the ESFA to support the activity undertaken by their two England squads for the next three years.

Thanks to the new partnership, the ESFA will be able to heighten their coverage of their international activity for the England U15 Schoolgirl and England U18 Schoolboy squads, from January 2020 as the International season gets underway. As the new Official Energy Partner of the Association, Utilita will initially support the activity provided for the two squads and are also the official front of shirt sponsors for this season’s kit – emblazoning all 36 players with their Energy High 5 campaign branding, to help spread their message to “waste less energy and start saving money”.

Phil Harding, ESFA Chairman said; “The English Schools’ Football Association is very pleased to have secured sponsorship from Utilita and to be able to formally announce them as a Principal Partner for the Association from January 2020. The International activity provided by the Association for young players in England really is the pinnacle of schools’ football activity and to be able to increase the value of what we can provide for them through this partnership, is a real asset to the Association. We are keen to help promote and to support their Energy High 5 campaign – as we believe this conveys an important message and one that we should all be sharing in to help stop wasted energy in England.”

Jem Maidment, Director of Marketing and Communications said; “Utilita is proud of its growing commitment to British football – from Premier League, to grassroots – so we are delighted to be supporting the ESFA and the future stars of English football.

“We also want to use our partnership with the ESFA to spread our message to encourage England’s young people to reduce their energy usage as part of our new #EnergyHigh5 campaign.”

Utilita and English Schools’ Football

New English Schools’ FA England kits with logo from kit sponsor and Principal Partner, Utilita

The 2020 International season will begin this Sunday 12 January when the England U15 Schoolgirls will be presented with their new kit ahead of their first friendly match against the Independent Schools’ FA (ISFA) at Charterhouse School in Godalming. The England U18 Schoolboys will also be playing their first friendly fixture of the season against the RAF at Oxford City FC on Sunday 12 January and will receive their new England kit on Saturday 25 January at Stafford Town FC ahead of their second friendly against the Australia Schoolboys squad.

The ESFA is delighted to welcome Utilita on board with the Association and look forward to a continued partnership over the coming years.

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ESFA & Panini return with the Classroom Challenge

Win £2,000 cash for your school with the ESFA & Panini’s latest Classroom Challenge

As part of our ongoing partnership, we are delighted to be able to provide primary schools across England the chance to win some fantastic prizes for your school thanks to the ESFA Panini Classroom Challenge.

The Classroom Challenge returns with some exciting opportunities for your school

For the chance to take part in the competition, putting your school in the running to win £2,000 cash, a Panini assembly and trophy presentation, plus a £50 Amazon voucher and a football shirt for the winning pupil. All you need to do is register your school via this link.

Aside from the fantastic Classroom Challenge competition, your school will also receive sticker albums, sticker packets and a competition guide, which you can use within your school. We have had some amazing feedback from teachers from across England on the benefits of receiving these goodies and entering our competitions – here are some of our favourites:

“Although we didn’t win, our children have absolutely loved taking part. The cards have gone down a storm and I’m constantly getting children coming up to me to show me which cards they’ve got.”

“The cards have gone down very well in school. We had a few spares left over from the ones originally sent, which have made a fantastic motivational tool and prizes for outstanding work.”

“Thanks for this year’s competition – my class absolutely loved taking part. I was just wondering if there will be any future competitions coming up?”

Don’t delay – register today. Simply click here or follow the link at the bottom of the page and enter your details – you will receive a notification if you have been selected to receive these exciting goodies and Classroom Challenge forms for your school. The competition will run throughout January and we’re already excited to see the entries we’ll receive. The standards have been incredibly high in previous competitions and we love to see how creative school children in England can be!

The latest Classroom Challenge was won by Nia from Year 5 at Brunswick Primary School in Sussex, after she created a fantastic team crest. Brunswick Primary School will now be presented with a cheque for £2,000 plus some fantastic prizes for Nia during an assembly hosted by Panini in the coming weeks.

The level of entries for the crest design competition was incredibly impressive – you can take a look at some more of our favourite designs below:

Panini also recently visited Darley Dale Primary School in Derbyshire to present Holly from Year 3 with her prizes following her winning entry in the ‘design a football shirt’ Classroom Challenge, run earlier in 2019.

The ESFA are delighted to be able to share these Panini resources with primary schools in England and will be revealing the theme of this Classroom Challenge competition in the coming weeks.

For further details or information, please contact paninicomp@schoolsfa.com

Register via this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/classroomchallenge3