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England U18 Schoolboys’ Pro:Direct trials stage 1- regional squads announced

The ESFA is delighted to announce the successful trialists from the initial stage of the England U18 Schoolboys’ trial process. These trialists will now progress to stage two, representing their region with the aim of reaching the final trial in December.

The ESFA hosted stage one of the England U18 Schoolboys’ Pro:Direct trials on Sunday 15th October, with a event taking place in the South East. From the trial, a squad of successful players has been selected and they will now go forward and represent their region in stage two of the trials process.

You can view the selected squad details below –

The successful boys from the weekend’s event will go forward to create the South East squad, with the North v Midlands and South East v South West matches making up the second phase of the Pro:Direct Trials process.

A huge congratulations to the players listed below for making their respective regional squads:

South East

Players Name Players County 
Oliver SpicerBuckinghamshire
James SalesHertfordshire
Tom KayHertfordshire
Archie O’BrienHertfordshire
Kye DavidsonKent
Luke RussellKent
James TaylorBedfordshire
Gezz FrancisInner London
Cameron McQueen-HinkleyInner London
Reece CartwrightInner London
Foday CesayInner London
Adam JonesSussex
Jack MattonSurrey
Ethan GoldSurrey
Uriel EkperuohSurrey
Charlie ThomsonEssex
Henry HartEssex

The ESFA would like to thank all the players that took part in this season’s initial trials and wish them the very best of luck with their next pursuits in their footballing careers.

Follow the ESFA’s social media channels (@schoolsfootball) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and for regular updates on the 23/24 international programme.

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The ESFA and inspiresport continue their partnership for the 2023/24 season

The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) is delighted to announce the continuation of their partnership with inspiresport for the 23/24 season as the Associations official tour provider.  

The ongoing partnership, which is now entering its 12th year, continues to represent inspiresport’s long-term support of schools’ football across England and their commitment to providing top quality sports tours for schools across the country.

Both organisations’ values align to enrich young people’s lives, allowing participants to develop their sporting values, whilst having fun through great sporting experiences. The ESFA is excited to see what opportunities will be on offer from inspiresport this year and what experiences will be on offer for school pupils across England.

During the partnership so far, inspiresport have helped the ESFA to send their England U15 Schoolgirls’ and England U18 Schoolboys’ teams to some fantastic venues such as PSV, Inter Milan, and St George’s Park.

inspiresport take young people on a unique journey, igniting their dreams through the power of sport. Designed to develop skills and confidence in youngsters no matter what their ability, inspiresport’s tailored football development tours to the UK and Europe offer professional coaching at some of Europe’s elite professional clubs and federations. Including access to world class training facilities, stadium tours and fixtures against local opposition – since 2004 inspiresport tours have provided young players with a truly unique experience.

With partnerships with football’s European giants such as, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid, inspiresport focus on providing the most memorable and once in a lifetime experience for your players. The continued success of development tours at these clubs, has allowed inspiresport to grow year on year and offer exciting new opportunities.

inspiresport CEO Steve Butchart “We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the English Schools’ Football Association, after another successful year for both parties. Our company values align, which prove to be a factor in the growth and opportunities on offer, not only for inspiresport but for ESFA too. The development tours that we have planned for the U15 Girls and U18 Boys teams is a great opportunity for all players to advance their skills on and off the pitch. It’s great to work with our partners at the EFSA to create these experiences, because here at inspiresport, our values are to ensure that these young people can access some fantastic opportunities, and we work hard to make these available to them.”

ESFA Chair Marvin Robinson said: “As we gear up for the 2023/24 season, we’re thrilled to be joining forces once again with inspiresport. Their commitment to providing incredible sports tour experiences for school kids across England is truly commendable. In addition, inspiresport offers top-notch training camps for the ESFA’s England U15 Schoolgirls and U18 Schoolboys, a partnership that bore fruit in the 2021/22 season at St. George’s Park. Get ready for another season of ground breaking opportunities as we team up with inspiresport to elevate this year’s teams to new heights!”

For more information about inspiresport and the opportunities that they provide, click here.