Classroom Challenge

Win £2,000 cash for your school with the ESFA & Panini’s Classroom Challenge for 2021

The Classroom Challenge returns with some exciting opportunities for your school

The Classroom Challenge continues into 2021 with a brand-new opportunity for your school to win £2,000 cash with a ‘Design a Football’ competition – but hurry, there’s only 1,500 packs up for grabs!

For the chance to take part in the competition, putting your school in the running to win £2,000 cash, a Panini assembly and trophy presentation, plus a £50 Amazon voucher and a football shirt for the winning pupil. All you need to do is register your school via this link.

Aside from the fantastic Classroom Challenge competition, your school will also receive sticker albums, sticker packets and a competition guide, which you can use within your school. We have had some amazing feedback from teachers from across England on the benefits of receiving these goodies and entering our competitions – here are some of our favourites:

“Although we didn’t win, our children have absolutely loved taking part. The packs have gone down a storm and I’m constantly getting children coming up to me to show me which players they’ve got.”

“The packs have gone down very well in school. We had a few spares left over from the ones originally sent, which have made a fantastic motivational tool and prizes for outstanding work.”

“Thank you for organising this competition. Our sports-mad Y6 children really enjoyed the opportunity to design a trophy and challenge each other with the packs.”

“A really popular competition, thank you so much for organising it!”

To register, simply click here or follow the link at the bottom of the page and enter your details – but hurry, we only have 1,500 packs to send out and you only have until 14 December to register your school! The competition will run throughout January and we’re already excited to see the entries we’ll receive. The standards have been incredibly high in previous competitions and we love to see how creative school children in England can be!

The latest Classroom Challenge was won by Jack from Year 6 at Beckwithshaw Primary School in Harrogate after he created a fantastic trophy design, being chosen from over 3,500 entries! Beckwithshaw Primary School will now be presented with a cheque for £2,000 plus some fantastic prizes for Jack during an assembly hosted virtually by Panini in the coming weeks.

The ESFA are delighted to be able to share these Panini resources with primary schools in England and are already looking forward to seeing the quality of the latest Classroom Challenge designs!

For further details or information, or to register your school to receive updates, please contact

Register via this link:


National Finals 2019/20 – Player of the Match Winners

A celebration of the 2019/20 Players of the Match!

Following October’s National Finals, completing the 2019/20 season, we wanted to look back and congratulate our Players of the Match from the fixtures that were played.

Commentators from each of the live streamed National Finals tell us their top four players in their match, which we then put to a live public vote via @SchoolsFootball on Twitter. The polls, which racked up hundreds of votes, crowned 13 Players of the Match during the 19/20 Finals.

All photos are courtest of official ESFA photographer, 353 Photography – and you can view and purchase photos from all of the recent finals via their website.

Congratulations to…

Whitgift School’s no. 8, Leo Umeh
U12 Elite Schools’ Cup Final
St Bede’s & Byron College 3 – 3 Whitgift School (6 – 5 after penalties)

Claremont School’s no. 11, Jaydon Fuller
U14 Small Schools’ Final
Repton 0 – 4 Claremont School

St Mary’s College’s no. 5, Hayden Allmark
U12 Small Schools’ Final
St Michael’s CE Middle School 1 – 2 St Mary’s College

St Mary’s College’s no. 11, Dan Molloy
U15 Small Schools’ Final
Buckswood School 3 – 1 St Mary’s College

Wade Deacon’s no. 7, Cai Jones
U15 Schools’ Cup Final
Ivybridge Community College 1 – 1 Wade Deacon School (4 – 3 after penalties)

Ivybridge College’s no. 4, Tiana Campbell
U15 Girls’ Cup Final
Walkden High School 3 – 6 Ivybridge Community College

Bishop Stortford’s no. 9, Joe Nardelli
U14 Schools’ Cup Final
Turton School 1 v 2 The Bishop Stortford High School

Ewell Castle’s no. 1, Spike Brits
U13 Small Schools’ Cup Final
Ewell Castle 1 – 5 St Bede’s College

Wilson’s School’s no. 1, Ellis Jarold,
U18 Schools’ Cup Final
Repton School 3 – 0 Wilson’s School

Shenfield High Schools’ no. 6, Harrison Parker
U13 Elite Schools’ Cup Final
Sandwell Academy 0 – 0 Shenfield High School (10 – 11 after penalties)

Hodgson Academy’s no. 9, Beth Strutton
U14 Girls’ Cup Final
Hodgson Academy 5 – 4 Shenfield High School

Brooke House College’s no. 8, Risse
U16 Small Schools’ Cup
LeAF Studio School 1 – 7 Brooke House College

St Peter’s Catholic Schools’ no. 16, Matthew Masterson
U13 Schools’ Cup
Emerson Park 4 – 5 St Peter’s School

Croydon SFA’s no. 10, Rizgar Bedir
U13 Inter Association Cup Final
Gateshead 2 – 2 Croydon (Gateshead win after penalties)

Bedfordshire CSFA’s no. 14, Oliver Brennan
U16 Inter County Cup Final
Bedfordshire CSFA 1 – 2 Staffordshire CSFA