Vacancies

Media and Public Affairs Internship

The English Schools’ FA is the governing body for schools’ football in England. We are a membership charity and our key activities include:

  • Providing a national competitions programme each year: This year, over 45 competitions are being run and each culminates in a national final at a prestigious football venue;
  • Defining the regulations under which schools’ football is played;
  • Supporting our membership to increase opportunities to play football, particularly (currently) for girls and for players with a disability;
  • Providing opportunities for school pupils to play representative football at district, county and national level, the pinnacles of which are the Under 18 English schoolboys’ national team and the Under 15 English schoolgirls’ national team.

The ESFA has a small paid workforce but its activity is primarily run by volunteers. We are now offering a graduate internship in our Stafford headquarters. The opportunity is open to graduates from bachelors, honours or foundational degree programmes in a related subject. The ESFA also welcomes applications from those in the “sandwich” year of their degree.

The internship vacancy is a voluntary post and as such is unpaid. It is offered in the first instance for the 2022/23 season (July – June 2021) on a four day/week basis. It is the ESFA’s intention to seek funding to convert this internship to a paid post at the end of the season, but this is not guaranteed. Those applying as a graduate (rather than a placement year student) should therefore give careful consideration to this factor when determining whether to apply: placement year students should note that their intention to return to their study after their year with the ESFA will in no way disadvantage them as applicants, given that future funding is unconfirmed.

Whilst undertaking the internship, the successful candidate will benefit from:

  • A full personal training programme to enable them to complete their internship successfully;
  • Any team development undertaken as part of the ESFA’s team training plan;
  • Reimbursement of approved and essential travel costs;
  • Cost of overnight stays to support ESFA activity, where this is essential to ESFA business;
  • The opportunity to develop experience in and a good working knowledge of sports administration, including sports governance, event management, communications, PR,  sports sponsorship and general administration in a small but busy office;
  • A reference and summary of achievements at the end of the tenure.

Interested candidates should read the attached role profile carefully, and prepare an expression of interest, evidencing ways in which they meet the person specification and demonstrating their interest in football and/or events.

Completed expressions of interest should be submitted to Andrea Chilton, CEO, at andrea.chilton@schoolsfa.com, on no more than two sides of A4, 30th April 2022. In the meantime, further details about the ESFA can be found at www.schoolsfootball.org


Football Development Internship

The English Schools’ FA is the governing body for schools’ football in England. We are a membership charity and our key activities include:

  • Providing a national competitions programme each year: This year, over 45 competitions are being run and each culminates in a national final at a prestigious football venue;
  • Defining the regulations under which schools’ football is played;
  • Supporting our membership to increase opportunities to play football, particularly (currently) for girls and for players with a disability;
  • Providing opportunities for school pupils to play representative football at district, county and national level, the pinnacles of which are the Under 18 English schoolboys’ national team and the Under 15 English schoolgirls’ national team.

The ESFA has a small paid workforce but its activity is primarily run by volunteers. We are now offering a graduate internship in our Stafford headquarters. The opportunity is open to graduates from bachelors, honours or foundational degree programmes in a related subject. The ESFA also welcomes applications from those in the “sandwich” year of their degree.

There are two placement vacancies which are voluntary posts and as such are unpaid. They are offered in the first instance during the 2022/23 season on a flexible basis for a duration of between 3-12 months. Candidates should give careful consideration to the nature of these roles when determining whether to apply: placement year students should note that their intention to return to their study after their year with the ESFA will in no way disadvantage them as applicants.

Whilst undertaking the internship, the successful candidate will benefit from:

  • A full personal training programme to enable them to complete their internship successfully;
  • Any team development undertaken as part of the ESFA’s team training plan;
  • Reimbursement of approved and essential travel costs;
  • Cost of overnight stays to support ESFA activity, where this is essential to ESFA business;
  • The opportunity to develop experience in and a good working knowledge of sports administration, including sports governance, event management, communications, PR,  sports sponsorship and general administration in a small but busy office;
  • A reference and summary of achievements at the end of the tenure.

Interested candidates should read the attached role profile carefully, and prepare an expression of interest, evidencing ways in which they meet the person specification and demonstrating their interest in football and/or events.

Completed expressions of interest should be submitted to Andrea Chilton, CEO, at andrea.chilton@schoolsfa.com, on no more than two sides of A4, 30th April 2022. In the meantime, further details about the ESFA can be found at www.schoolsfootball.org



Vacancies to serve on the ESFA Council 

The ESFA Council has four vacancies for the period 2021/22 – 2023/24. Vacancies are either long standing, or have arisen following the end of one year terms of office offered to non-teachers under the extended eligibility criteria for Council Membership, as laid down by the Constitution. The vacancies are: 

· North – one long standing vacancy 

· Midlands – one vacancy arising from the end of a one year term of office 

· South West – two vacancies, one long standing and one arising from the end of a one year term of office 

The ESFA has moved to accept nominations for Council vacancies through the extended eligibility criteria as below:

“In the event that an eligible nominee for elected Council membership is not identified in an area, Council may, for a period of no longer than one year, co-opt a schools’ employee who does not hold QTS but who is a member of an affiliated Association in the area, as long as the co-opted membership for that area does not exceed 1 member.” 

Should you wish to nominate or second, please follow the procedure outlined on the document below.

The ESFA Council has welcomed several new Members in the last two seasons and remains grateful to all who serve in these demanding but rewarding roles. Please therefore encourage any interested party to discuss Council membership with the existing members in your region so that nominations are made in the knowledge that those involved are able to commit to the requirements of the role.