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ESFA and Utilita continue their partnership for the 2022/23 season.

The English Schools’ Football Association will continue it’s partnership with Britain’s leading Smart pay as You Go Provider for the 2022/23 season. The highly recognisable Utilita Energy logo will continue to be featured on the front of the shirt for the England U15 Schoolgirls and U18 Schoolboys for this season.

Utilita specialises in innovative technology that puts its customers in better control of their energy usage and spend than ever before. The company’s customers use around 11% less energy than the average bill paying household, and it is the only energy company created to help households use and waste less energy.

But it’s not just energy that Utilita specialises in – but football, too. From grassroots to the Premier League, Utilita are an established brand within the beautiful game, partnering with over 25 elite football clubs across the UK including Rangers, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

In 2021, Utilita launched Football Rebooted, an initiative that encourages people to donate and claim pre-played football and astro boots. Not only relinquishing the financial burden of boots for families across the UK, this campaign also aims to save 136,000 tonnes of carbon. So far, thousands of boots have been ‘recycled’ to benefit those less fortunate – but the team will not stop until the total hits 1,000,000.

ESFA Chair, Stuart Botham said: “I am delighted to see the continuation of the ESFA’s partnership with Utilita Energy for the 2022/23 season. The International activity provided by the ESFA 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 Utilita’s Energy High 5 and Football Rebooted campaigns, ensuring further education and support schools’ football participants. We look forward to seeing where the partnership will lead in the coming season.”  

Jem Maidment, Chief Marketing Officer at Utilita, said: “Much like the ESFA, we strongly believe that everyone has the right to try their hand – or foot – at the beautiful game. This is a partnership that has prospered since it began, and I have no doubt it will flourish further.”

Founded in 2003 by energy industry expert and conservationist Bill Bullen, Utilita now have over 800,000 customers across the UK who enjoy the benefits of instant top-ups and access to real-time energy usage data via their award-winning smartphone app. ‘My Utilita’ is a free app, which is currently being used by 450,000 of its customers.

Utilita’s multi-award-winning High 5 campaign has now expanded to include five ways to help households save on cooking, and another five when using hot water. The behaviour change initiative invites every household nationwide to learn about the 15 free and simple ways to save hundreds a year on their energy bills.

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English Schools’ FA sees record number of Girls’ entries as England Women soar to EURO heights

Girls’ Football continues to grow in schools across England as the ESFA receive record entries for their 2022/23 National Schools’ Cup competitions

This record breaking announcement coincides with the Lionesses’ continued success in the Women’s Euros 2022, where a trio of former England U15 Schoolgirls’ players are thriving on the international stage.

The ESFA has seen the number of girls’ competition entries across the U12 – U18 age groups grow steadily since the introduction of girls’ competitions in 1995. This season, the number has reached its highest level yet with 1,863 teams – up by 160 teams last season, meaning around 28,446 schoolgirls will experience competitive levels of schools’ football in the 2022/23 season.

As advocates for the girls’ game, the ESFA provide a plethora of competitions and opportunities for pupils to get involved in, from their U11 Girls’ Primary Competitions, to their U18 Women’s Super League. The ESFA focused on Girls’ Football for Schools’ Football Week (SFW) in February 2022, which provided an opportunity for over 57,000 schoolgirls to experience some level of schools’ football activity during the campaign.

Thanks to the representative football structure in place across ESFA County and District Schools’ FA’s, the National Governing Body for Schools’ Football also runs an U15 England Schoolgirls’ squad each season. It is fantastic to see former England Schoolgirls, Georgia Stanway, Alessia Russo and Hannah Hampton, taking centre stage as part of the Lionesses’ squad in this year’s Women’s EUROs.

Stuart Botham, ESFA Chair 22/23 said, “The ESFA is delighted to have reached a new record-breaking number of girls’ National Cup entries for the 22/23 season, it is fantastic to see the enthusiasm for girls’ football continue to grow, season after season. The ESFA is very proud of its International Programme for both the U15 Girls’ and U18 Boys’ teams – and I hope that trialists for this season’s Schoolgirls’ squad are inspired by former players, Georgia, Alessia and Hannah, taking the women’s game by storm and heading to Wembley this Sunday.

The ESFA prides itself in striving to create an inclusive environment for all children to have an opportunity to participate in football activity, competitively or otherwise. We hope that this year’s entrants will be inspired by the Lionesses’ success and the ESFA’s opportunities and that they will achieve their goals, strive for improvement and, most importantly, build strong and lasting friendships and relationships through their love of the sport.”

2022 is already proving to be an inspirational year for Women’s football and the Lionesses’ progress to the finals will create yet another platform to engage with young schools’ football players. The Association wishes all the very best to the England Women’s squad for their Final fixture on Sunday.