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ESFA Announce Utilita as new Principal Partner

The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) is delighted to announce Utilita, the smart energy experts, as a new Principal Partner to the Association and sponsors of the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV.

Utilita, who are about to officially launch a brand new #EnergyHigh5 campaign, encouraging the nation to make five simple adjustments to their energy habits at home in order to make a big saving on wasted energy as well as their bills, have partnered with the ESFA to support the activity undertaken by their two England squads for the next three years.

Thanks to the new partnership, the ESFA will be able to heighten their coverage of their international activity for the England U15 Schoolgirl and England U18 Schoolboy squads, from January 2020 as the International season gets underway. As the new Official Energy Partner of the Association, Utilita will initially support the activity provided for the two squads and are also the official front of shirt sponsors for this season’s kit – emblazoning all 36 players with their Energy High 5 campaign branding, to help spread their message to “waste less energy and start saving money”.

Phil Harding, ESFA Chairman said; “The English Schools’ Football Association is very pleased to have secured sponsorship from Utilita and to be able to formally announce them as a Principal Partner for the Association from January 2020. The International activity provided by the Association for young players in England really is the pinnacle of schools’ football activity and to be able to increase the value of what we can provide for them through this partnership, is a real asset to the Association. We are keen to help promote and to support their Energy High 5 campaign – as we believe this conveys an important message and one that we should all be sharing in to help stop wasted energy in England.”

Jem Maidment, Director of Marketing and Communications said; “Utilita is proud of its growing commitment to British football – from Premier League, to grassroots – so we are delighted to be supporting the ESFA and the future stars of English football.

“We also want to use our partnership with the ESFA to spread our message to encourage England’s young people to reduce their energy usage as part of our new #EnergyHigh5 campaign.”

Utilita and English Schools’ Football

New English Schools’ FA England kits with logo from kit sponsor and Principal Partner, Utilita

The 2020 International season will begin this Sunday 12 January when the England U15 Schoolgirls will be presented with their new kit ahead of their first friendly match against the Independent Schools’ FA (ISFA) at Charterhouse School in Godalming. The England U18 Schoolboys will also be playing their first friendly fixture of the season against the RAF at Oxford City FC on Sunday 12 January and will receive their new England kit on Saturday 25 January at Stafford Town FC ahead of their second friendly against the Australia Schoolboys squad.

The ESFA is delighted to welcome Utilita on board with the Association and look forward to a continued partnership over the coming years.

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ESFA England U15 Schoolgirls’- Official Squad Announcement

The ESFA have announced the 18 players chosen to represent the England U15 Schoolgirls’ for the 2019-2020 season!

The ESFA concluded their search for the best schools’ footballers that England has to offer yesterday (Sunday 1st December) with the final England U15 Schoolgirls’ trial taking place at Stafford Town F.C. The girls have progressed through a rigorous trial process from October until December to be finally selected to represent their country.

The players were first nominated by their county sides to attend regional trials that led to the construction of four regional squads, the North, Midlands, South East and South West. These squads then went head to head in step two of the trials process and formed the North and South Squads that traveled to Stafford Town yesterday for the final step of the process.

Making the final stage of the trials is a huge personal achievement for all the girls who attended and something they can be very proud of.

Phil Harding, ESFA Chairman said “We are delighted to be able to name this year’s England U15 Schoolgirls’ Squad today. It’s a fantastic achievement for these players to have made it through what is a tough trials process, to be able to go on and represent their school, their County and their Country for this year’s International Season. On behalf of the English Schools’ FA, I would like to congratulate each and every selected girl on their achievement and also pass on my thanks to their parents for the commitment and support they have also shown. Finally, I would like to congratulate each and every player that was selected to take part in this year’s trials process and wish them the very best for the rest of this season.”

A huge congratulations to the following girls:

Name

County

Name

County

Tori Almond

Northumberland

Kate Oakley

Cheshire

Macey Bannerman-Lloyd

Middlesex

Sophia Poor

Leicestershire

Delphi Cole

West Midlands

Poppy Pritchard

Northumberland

Lucy Cooper

Dorset

Jessica Simpson

Lancashire

Rebecca Ferguson

Northumberland

Megan Sofield

Lancashire

Aimee Flood

Northamptonshire

Leonie Telford

Essex

Olivia Lowe

Nottinghamshire

Isabelle Wade

Greater Manchester

Katie McClean

Essex

Gemma Whitchurch

Buckinghamshire

Niamh O’Neill

Kent

Mikayla Wildgoose

Leicestershire

This final selected squad will go on to compete in some friendly matches in the New Year, including a game against the ISFA U15 girls. They will then be involved in some preparatory training before their competitive fixtures at the end of the season in the Bob Docherty Cup. 

The ESFA would like to once more congratulate all the players that were put forward for England Schoolgirls trials this season and wish those players that haven’t been selected the very best of luck with the rest of their season and footballing careers.