In partnership with the ESFA
The Premier League currently sponsor the ESFA’s four U16 Schools’ Cup competitions and have done so for a number of years. Their support helps the ESFA to provide inspiring venues for National Finalists to battle it out at in order to be crowned national champions, as well as Premier League kits for each team that makes it to the final round of each competition.
Premier League Charitable Fund Partnership
Running since 2014, the Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF) has supported the ESFA representative game specifically through the on-going U11 District Programme.
This programme comprises of three elements that are intended to support, develop and enhance the Representative offer at the primary age groups. Those three elements are as follows;
- Small Grants Funding
- U11 National Competition
- Partnership work with Club Community Organisations (CCOs)
Small Grants Funding
The PLCF have provided 100’s of District Associations the opportunity to receive funding through their small grants payments. This money has helped Representative teams from across the country with travel, equipment, kits, playing venue and officials costs across the previous four 4 seasons.
U11 National Competition
Due to the popular demand of the programme a Boys U11 9-a-side national competition was created in 2015 – 2016, with a Girls U11 competition beginning a season later.
This competition gives Districts the opportunity to compete for both Regional and National honours each season. We continue to work with the Premier League to provide players taking part the opportunity to experience high-quality venues (such as professional Academy training grounds) and high-level competition against the best Associations from around the country.
Partnership work with Club Community Organisations (CCOs)
As an offshoot of the partnership work between the ESFA and the PLCF, a number of District Associations have been well placed to develop relationships with local club community trusts (known as CCOs). These relationships have bared fruit in a number of areas due to the obvious overlap of shared aims, objectives and player opportunities.
As representative football provides the best local experience for players to represent their District, the CCOs run a variety of school-based programmes for member schools’ to take part in through the PL Primary Stars programme.