Please read this privacy notice carefully to see how the English Schools’ Football Association will treat the personal information that you provide.
This information is collected so that we can effectively and efficiently organise our activities for our members and so is sought under the “legitimate interests” basis outlined in the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) legislation.
Why we need it, what we use it for and when we no longer need it
The lawful basis for the collection and sharing of any personal data held is that of “legitimate interest”: that it is essential for the safe organisation, management and governance of schools’ football and without it, this could not take place.
In order to ensure that the Association’s football calendar of activity is delivered, your contact details (including your name, postal address, telephone number, email address) are held in the Association’s digital records and are published in the Association Handbook. Details will be retained on our database, which is password protected.
Your information will be used for the purpose of communicating essential information relating to the planning, organising, delivering, administering, celebrating and governing schools’ football and will be made available only to those who need it for this purpose.
All those working or volunteering in schools’ football are required to share their contact details with The Football Association to allow for mandatory safeguarding checks and controls to take place. We will hold on record the details necessary to confirm that Association personnel are compliant with the Association’s safeguarding policy and will retain that information for the period prescribed by The FA’s regulations, based on prevailing legislation. Personal details (name, date of birth, email address) will be shared with The Football Association for the purpose of checking, monitoring and managing safeguarding requirements in accordance with FA requirements.
We will collect the bank account details for your Association for the purposes of necessary financial transactions (eg should a refund become due) and depending on your role and the Association’s financial arrangements, this may include your personal contact details. We will ensure that our e-security arrangements minimise risks to that information. Details of any financial transaction shall be retaine for the duration specified by the regulatory framework governing those transactions (eg HM Treasury guidance).
We will use the personal details you collect about your players for the purposes of managing national competition entries (where applicable) and in the event that discipline cases are referred to the ESFA, and those records will be retained for the periods laid down by FA regulations.
We may send you promotional materials on behalf of our sponsors and partners, but we will not share your personal details with those sponsors and partners, except as outlined above with The Football Association
At the end of each playing season, your data will be retained as part of the Association’s archive. You will also be invited to update your information for the following season.
Should any of your details change at any point, or should you wish for your details to be removed, please contact and the records will be amended accordingly without delay.
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Accessing your Information
If you wish to access the information we hold about you, you can do so by submitting a subject access request to the Association in writing using the contact details below.
Please mark your correspondence “Subject Access Request” and we will respond within 40 days.
If you have any queries about any aspect of this statement, or wish to notify us of any change in personal details, personal communication preferences or other data uses, then please contact
The Data Controller
Use “FAO Data Controller” as the email subject title.
The Data Controller,
English Schools’ Football Association,
4 Parker Court,
Staffordshire Technology Park,
Stafford ST18 0WP