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The Panini Classroom Challenge returns this September!

The ESFA and Panini were delighted to visit Oliver from year 6 at St Gilbert’s RC Primary School in Manchester last month, to present his prizes for winning the 2022 Classroom Challenge, based on the Premier League Official Sticker Collection 2022.

The design-a-football boot competition, which ran throughout January, saw a staggering 10,000 entries from hundreds of schools across England, in what would be the most popular Classroom Challenge to date. Oliver’s design saw him win a presentation from Panini, where he was awarded with a £2,000 cheque for his school, a £50 Amazon voucher for himself, plus a football shirt of his choice.

Nick Clark, Special Project Editor for Panini UK said, “We were astounded by the number of entries received for the ‘Design a Football’ competition, the quality and hard work that pupils put into their designs was incredible. Oliver’s winning boot was wonderfully imaginative and certainly impressed our judging panel. A big well done to Oliver and the school for winning, it was an honour to visit the school and present them with their prizes.”

A New Challenge for a New School Year

September 2022 sees the 9th Panini Classroom Challenge introduced to primary schools in England with a chance for the winners to bag £2,000 for their school, plus prizes for the winning pupil, presented in school by the Panini team.

This latest challenge, celebrating Panini’s FIFA World Cup Quatar 2022Official Sticker Collection, will see participating schools receive a box of Panini goodies for their pupils, including the Classroom Challenge worksheets. The team will be asking pupils embrace a real challenge this time – designing their very own Panini sticker album cover, to secure a place in the running for the prize!

Schools can register to take part in this latest activity by clicking the link below, but hurry – there is only space for 3,000 schools to sign up!


Registered schools will receive their Panini Classroom Challenge goodies in the new school year, in early September 2022, and the competition will run from 19th September – 7th October 2022.

Don’t forget to register your school today!

Classroom Challenge

ESFA & Panini Classroom Challenge Winner Announced

Through the ESFA and Panini’s ongoing partnership, in late 2021, primary schools in England were invited to register to receive some PREMIER LEAGUE OFFICIAL STICKER COLLECTION 2022 goodies for their school, including worksheets with a competition to design a football boot. The competition prize was set at a fantastic £2,000 cash for the winning school, plus a £50 Amazon voucher and a football shirt for the winning pupil. To top it all off, winners also receive the option of a presentation assembly for their school pupils.

Following a difficult judging process across a staggering 10,000+ entries – the largest number ever received for a Classroom Challenge – the ESFA and Panini are delighted to announce that St Gilbert’s RC Primary School in Manchester produced the winning entry, thanks to Oliver from year 6.

Oliver’s fantastic, winning Shark Air design

The ESFA judges were delighted with the quality of entries submitted from all participating schools and found the level of work that went into each of them was impressively high. As such, they have published the other nine shortlisted entries below because each one is noteworthy, given the work and effort that has gone into every design.

Beatrice from Sandwich Junior School was honoured with third place with her Winnie the Pooh based design and Reshmi from Revoe Learning Academy in Blackpool was placed in second with their striking boot design.

This has been the most hotly contested Classroom Challenge to date, with the highest number of entries yet. It has been a pleasure for the ESFA and Panini to see the popularity of the Classroom Challenge continue to grow within schools in England with each new competition launch.

Nick Clark, Special Projects Editor for Panini UK, said: “We were so impressed to see over 10,000 entries from schools participating in the Classroom Challenge competition to design a football boot. The level of detail and creativity of the submissions was outstanding – a big well done to all those children who sent in their amazing creations. Congratulations to our winner, Oliver from St Gilbert’s RC Primary School, for creating such a clever, well thought-out design. We look forward to presenting both Oliver and the school with their prizes soon.”

Mark Hignett, ESFA Chairman said: “The ESFA is delighted to continue to bring the Classroom Challenge into primary schools in England. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to encourage the creativity of pupils, whilst also providing them with Panini collections and worksheets to further their interest and knowledge of football on a wider scale. The Classroom Challenge entries to design a football boot have been incredible, we have been blown away by the scale of entries and also the creativity that has gone into each and every one. I would like to congratulate Oliver on their winning design and look forward to seeing their presentation later on this season.”

Take a look at the rest of the shortlisted designs below:

The ESFA would like to thank Oliver and all the pupils from St Gilbert’s RC Primary School, plus all the other competing schools, for taking the time to enter this competition, and for providing such fantastic examples of artistic design by young students.