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ESFA Panini Classroom Challenge – Winner Announced!

Essex Primary School wins £2,000 cash in the Classroom Challenge

Through the ESFA and Panini’s ongoing partnership, at the beginning of this school year, primary schools in England were invited to register to receive some Premier League Adrenalyn XL™ trading card goodies for their school, including worksheets with a competition to design a mascot for their local team or school. The competition prize was an incredible £2k cash for the winning school, plus £50 Amazon voucher and football shirt for the winning pupil – to top it all off, winners also receive a presentation assembly at their school from Panini.

The competition received over 6000 entries from primary schools all over the country getting involved with pupils of all ages showing off their skills and designing some amazing mascots!

The competition received over 6000 entries from primary schools all over the country getting involved with pupils of all ages showing off their skills and designing some amazing mascots! Following a difficult judging process with an incredibly high standard of entries, the ESFA and Panini are delighted to announce that Mayespark Primary School in Essex produced the winning entry thanks to Aritra from Year 6 with “Fearless Finn”.

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. The Judges were asked for their top 3 entries meaning we had two runners up, Garry from High View School in Plymouth and Aiden from Leighswood Primary School, Walsall.

Due to the standard of entries we wanted to share some other designs that caught our eye during the judging process and celebrate the achievements of as many pupils as possible.

We would like to thank Aritra and his fellow pupils from Mayespark Primary School, as well as all the other competing schools, for taking the time to enter this competition and providing us with such fantastic examples of artistic design by young students.

Euro 2020TM Official Sticker Collection Classroom Challenge

Registration is now OPEN for the Euro 2020TM Official Sticker Collection Classroom Challenge competition! This time, we’ll be asking pupils to design a trophy and the prizes remain the same with £2,000 cash for your school, plus a £50 Amazon voucher, football shirt and presentation assembly from Panini for the winning pupil!

In order to enter the competition, simply register via the link below – you will be sent all the Classroom Challenge essentials through the post at the end of April in the run up to the Euro 2020 competition!

Good luck!

ESFA Internationals, featured, Sponsors and Partners

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.