Schools’ Football Week 2021 – save the date!

Let’s Celebrate the Return of Schools’ Football 

The English Schools’ Football Association is delighted to announce the return of Schools’ Football Week, in association with Haier, from 7th – 13th February 2022!

Schools’ Football Week (SFW), in association with Haier, is an ongoing ESFA initiative designed as an opportunity for schools, teams and clubs from across the country to embrace schools’ football and the wellbeing benefits it provides to pupils and players. It celebrates the importance of schools’ football, competitive or otherwise, to pupils across England and provides teachers and coaches with tools and a motivation to further discuss the benefits of schools’ football within their educational environment.  

The focus for Schools’ Football Week 2021 was to provide an opportunity for children to get outside, have fun and enjoy being able to play sport with their school friends, competitively or otherwise, after so much time spent in lockdown. The ESFA is sticking to these principles for 2022, but with the schools’ football season in full swing for 21/22, the ESFA has received a record number of girls’ team entries and, along with the Women’s EUROs taking place in 2022, SFW presents the perfect opportunity to highlight and celebrate girls’ football too!

Schools’ Football Week 2021, saw the Association reach new levels of participation

  • Over 100,000 pupils took part in SFW activity
  • Over 8,500 teams were involved in SFW
  • Over 500 schools registered for events
  • The campaign was backed by DCMS in 2020 & 2021

The campaign will officially launch next Tuesday 30 November. The ESFA will be asking schools, Associations and clubs to register activity, allowing the campaign to celebrate participation numbers from across England. The registration link will be live Tuesday, with the ESFA sharing further information on the campaign then.

You can find out a little more about Schools’ Football Week, in association with Haier, by clicking here.


ESFA U18 Schoolboys Pro:Direct Trials – South squad announced

The ESFA hosted stage 2 of England U18 Schoolboys’ trials, sponsored by Pro:Direct this weekend and are delighted to be announcing the South squad for the Final Trial in December.

The ESFA hosted the first of two regional trials this weekend with the South East and South West regional squads travelling to Rectory Park in Middlesex.

A squad of 17 players has now been selected to represent the South of England at the Final stage of the trial process, which will be hosted at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on Sunday 19th December. The successful trialists from the event on the 19th will be selected to play for the England U18 Schoolboys for the 2021/22 season and have the opportunity to pull on the prestigious three lions shirt.

This weekend sees the Midlands and North squads attend their regional trial at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. The successful players from this event will form the North squad to play against the South players listed below, in December.

Full details of the International Trials and a rundown of what to expect from the 2021/22 international season can be found here.

The ESFA would like to congratulate the boys listed below for being selected to represent the south at the final trial:

South Squad

NumberName County
1.Jasper Sheik Surrey
2.Denny Roberts Surrey
3. Tom GruzewskiHampshire
4.Niko Nenonen-MillarOxfordshire
5.Ashton Fox Norfolk
6.Jack Bates Suffolk
7.Harrison Cable Hampshire
8.Flynn Bolton Hampshire
9.Noah Carney Kent
10.Joe Adams Hampshire
11.Billie ClarkSussex
12.Spencer Whitfield Surrey
13.Jack Beerling Kent
14.Hugh Cullum Suffolk
15.Harvey Keogh Hampshire
16.Joe Paradise Somerset
17. Freddie Legg Sussex

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 upcoming pursuits in their footballing careers.

Follow the ESFA’s social media channels (@schoolsfootball) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and www.schoolsfootball.org for regular updates on the 21/22 international programme.

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