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The English Schools’ FA and UCFB extend educational partnership into fifth year

The English Schools’ FA (ESFA) is delighted to announce that it has extended their partnership with the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) into it’s fifth season.

UCFB will continue to be the ESFA Foundation Partner for Higher Education, helping to improve career prospects for students through football. The extended deal means that employability opportunities for UCFB and GIS students at the ESFA and County School FAs will continue, as will research opportunities for students. 

Football matches between the England U18 Schoolboys’ squad and a UCFB team have been some of the highlights of the previous agreements, and students will also continue to create content for the ESFA YouTube channel and support with the broadcasting of our fixtures.

Sharona Friedman, GIS President and UCFB Governor, commented: “This partnership has proven to be a real success in recent years and is hugely popular with our students. The chance to further extend this agreement and offer UCFB students further work experience opportunities, as well as both organisations continuing to share knowledge, was a no brainer and all of us at UCFB are looking forward to another successful year working together.” 

Mark Hignett, Chairman of the ESFA said: “The English Schools FA is delighted to continue this partnership with UCFB. Our joint mission – using football as a platform for personal development, educational attainment and career progression – makes this a particularly exciting joint venture through which we aim to enhance each other’s services for the benefit of our players, students and pupils.” 

For more information on the partnership and how you can get involved with UCFB click here

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ESFA and Utilita continue their partnership for the 2022/23 season.

The English Schools’ Football Association will continue it’s partnership with Britain’s leading Smart pay as You Go Provider for the 2022/23 season. The highly recognisable Utilita Energy logo will continue to be featured on the front of the shirt for the England U15 Schoolgirls and U18 Schoolboys for this season.

Utilita specialises in innovative technology that puts its customers in better control of their energy usage and spend than ever before. The company’s customers use around 11% less energy than the average bill paying household, and it is the only energy company created to help households use and waste less energy.

But it’s not just energy that Utilita specialises in – but football, too. From grassroots to the Premier League, Utilita are an established brand within the beautiful game, partnering with over 25 elite football clubs across the UK including Rangers, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

In 2021, Utilita launched Football Rebooted, an initiative that encourages people to donate and claim pre-played football and astro boots. Not only relinquishing the financial burden of boots for families across the UK, this campaign also aims to save 136,000 tonnes of carbon. So far, thousands of boots have been ‘recycled’ to benefit those less fortunate – but the team will not stop until the total hits 1,000,000.

ESFA Chair, Stuart Botham said: “I am delighted to see the continuation of the ESFA’s partnership with Utilita Energy for the 2022/23 season. The International activity provided by the ESFA 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 Utilita’s Energy High 5 and Football Rebooted campaigns, ensuring further education and support schools’ football participants. We look forward to seeing where the partnership will lead in the coming season.”  

Jem Maidment, Chief Marketing Officer at Utilita, said: “Much like the ESFA, we strongly believe that everyone has the right to try their hand – or foot – at the beautiful game. This is a partnership that has prospered since it began, and I have no doubt it will flourish further.”

Founded in 2003 by energy industry expert and conservationist Bill Bullen, Utilita now have over 800,000 customers across the UK who enjoy the benefits of instant top-ups and access to real-time energy usage data via their award-winning smartphone app. ‘My Utilita’ is a free app, which is currently being used by 450,000 of its customers.

Utilita’s multi-award-winning High 5 campaign has now expanded to include five ways to help households save on cooking, and another five when using hot water. The behaviour change initiative invites every household nationwide to learn about the 15 free and simple ways to save hundreds a year on their energy bills.

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