The World of Schools' Football

Internship Opportunities for 2020/21 Season

The ESFA are recruiting for interns to support the Association for the 2020/21 season

The English Schools’ FA (ESFA) have three intern vacancies for the 2020/21 season – starting from July 2020 until June 2020. The internship programme offered by the ESFA, whilst unpaid, is a fantastic opportunity for students on their ‘placement’ or ‘sandwich’ year, or graduates looking for some work experience before heading into future career opportunities.

There are three different areas for placement for the coming season, all of which provide unique, hands-on and exciting opportunities for the individuals undertaking the roles. From supporting the National Competitions Department in the running and administration of over 50 National Cup competitions, helping to create and implement intricate PR strategies and campaigns to content creation for all social media channels plus supporting crucial work with major sponsors and partners; there are some fantastic office-based chances to learn…but that’s not all; there will be opportunities to engage in event planning and management, travel across the country to attend events and generally have a hand right in the heart of running all things schools’ football!

National Competitions Co-ordinator

PR & Communications Intern

Social Media Intern

It’s easy to apply! Simply send a copy of your CV and a brief cover letter to ESFA CEO, Andrea Chilton via email by 14 April. Alternatively, submit your CV and cover letter via the website using the links above.

What our other interns have had to say…

Don’t just take our word for it, have a read of what two former interns have thought of their opportunities;

“It has been the first time I have worked in an office based environment, therefore it has helped to develop both my social and practical skills. The wide variety of tasks that came with the job meant that no days became monotonous. The finals at the end of the year brought a great end to the internship and gave me an idea of what it is like to work in a stadium on match day.  I will always be thankful to the ESFA and their staff for letting me be part of their team and if the opportunity arises for me to work with them again, I would love to. ”

National Competitions Co-ordinator

“My placement at the English Schools Football Association has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life and something I would highly recommend to anyone trying to gain some valuable experience in a workplace environment. With the brilliant support of the ESFA staff I have developed the skills needed to fulfil day to day responsibilities including running the social media channels, updating the website, communicating with partners, writing press releases and much more. I have also experienced the event side of marketing planning and running events around the country, capturing content and coordinating with the association’s sponsors. These are all skills that are impossible to develop in the classroom and ones that I can take forward in my career. I would like to thank all the staff at the ESFA for their amazing support and I hope to be back working with you all in the future. “

Marketing Intern

We look forward to speaking to you soon!

The World of Schools' Football

ESFA Statement – Grassroots Football

Members will have seen that the FA have issued a release stating that the grass roots football season is now closed. Following discussions with The FA, the ESFA’s position can now be clarified as follows:

 “It remains the ESFA’s intention to put on finals for national schools’ and inter-District/County competitions for the 19/20 season if it is at all possible, even if this means a set of early autumn finals. We strongly believe that pupils and their teachers have earned this honour and it is incumbent upon us to do our utmost to see these competitions through to a fruitful conclusion. We accept that, ultimately, this will be an issue of timing and logistics

 For local, county or regional competitions, you will undoubtedly have rules which state whether you will share a trophy in certain circumstances, or whether you expect a title to be awarded on results: you may therefore be able to extrapolate from that. If your rules are ambiguous in this matter then you may wish to consult with your members before determining how to proceed

Should you have any local, county or regional leagues which are still in operation, please contact the ESFA for advice”

You can read The FA’s statement here.