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ESFA & Panini – Winning Football Shirt Design

ESFA & Panini announce Winner in the Road to UEFA Euro 2020™ Adrenalyn XL™ football shirt design competition

Through the ESFA and Panini’s ongoing partnership, earlier this year primary schools in the Midlands were invited to register for some Road to UEFA Euro 2020™ Adrenalyn XL™ trading card goodies for their school, including worksheets with a competition to design a football shirt. Registered schools had the chance to win a £1,000 Pendle sports vouchers for the school and £50 voucher for the winning pupil, along with a presentation assembly from Panini.

Following a difficult judging process, the ESFA and Panini are delighted to announce that Darley Dale Primary School in Derbyshire produced the winning entry thanks to Holly, from Year 3.

The ESFA judges were delighted with the quality of entries submitted from all participating schools and found the level of work that went into each of them was impressively high. We thoroughly enjoyed looking through the submissions during the judging process.

We would like to thank Holly and her fellow pupils from Darley Dale Primary School, as well as all the other schools within the region, for taking the time to enter this competition and providing us with such fantastic examples of artistic design by young students.

If you would like to follow in Darley Dale Primary School’s footsteps and have the chance to enter further ESFA and Panini competitions, simply register your primary school via the link below – you’ll get the chance to win £2,000 cash for your school, over 140 Panini goodies for your pupils plus much more!


Sponsors and Partners, The World of Schools' Football

ESFA Launch Partnership with Catapult Sports

The English Schools’ FA is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Catapult Sports, the global leader in elite sports performance technology.

The partnership has already seen Catapult’s PlayerTek Team technology used by the ESFA’s two England Squads, optimising their training and development through performance tracking.  ESFA affiliated schools and Associations will now also benefit from a discounted rate on Catapult’s award winning PlayerTek devices, as well as having the opportunity to try out Catapult’s new technology, PLAYR, with in-built sports science advice.

PlayerTek is the pioneering sports-performance tracking system that helps team managers make informed decisions by using technology that has previously only been available to the elite. Team managers can use PlayerTek to scientifically monitor player performances across training sessions and matches; tracking 10 main metrics, including speed, distance, power and player load. Using the information gathered to measure the physical performance of players, coaches can strategically plan how to push players to greater game performance, and reduce the risk of injury.

The perfect fit

The benefits of PlayerTek Team for use within schools’ football make it the perfect fit for a partnership with the English Schools’ FA. Giving both coaches and players the chance to view and analyse their playing statistics, the package provides an abundance of learning opportunities which can be utilised by PE teachers within lessons; continuing to showcase the versatility of football within an educational environment.

Richy Alderson, ESFA England U18 Team Manager said “The England U18 Schoolboys squad have already been utilising the technology and using the data to motivate themselves to run faster, further and longer in training and in games. The heat maps are also good for players and coaches alike to highlight where players spent most of their time on the pitch, relative to their position. Overall, the system is easy to use and a great tool to analyse data performance. I would recommend this product to any elite athlete”

Kieran Dannatt, Director of Sales at PlayerTek said; “We’re proud to partner with the English Schools FA; our cutting edge devices will help an already successful organisation embed new technology, with PlayerTek, into training, match day and the classroom. We look forward to helping the next generation of footballers improve their performance and sharing in their success at the end of the season.”

More to come

Look out for further information and updates on the new ESFA and Catapult partnership as we embark on this exciting new venture together. You can take a look at Catapult’s page on our website here or, for any further information on the benefits of PlayerTek for your teams, please contact conor.branson@catapultsports.com directly.