Sponsors and Partners

PASS4Soccer Scholarships partnership with ESFA provides route to USA

The ESFA are delighted to continue their partnership with PASS4Soccer Scholarships to provide exit routes for students to the USA via athletic and academic scholarships. PASS4Soccer are the leading supplier of soccer scholarships to the USA and have been assisting players since 2002 with many successes from across the English Schools’ FA network. Visit www.PASS4Soccer.com and complete the free sign up to find out more.

Andrea Chilton commented “I am delighted that our longstanding, successful partnership with PASS4Soccer has been reconfirmed again this year. In advising and supporting pupils and parents to consider and pursue scholarships to American Universities, they open up life-changing opportunities to talented players from English schools. Their individual personal experiences of studying in the USA adds significantly to the quality of the support the PASS4 team provide, and the ESFA are proud to recommend their services to you.”


The team at PASS4Soccer have worked closely with ESFA students for a large number of years and have the experience and knowledge to guide students currently within ESFA schools when seeking playing opportunities in the USA. Whether you are looking for a 2 year or 4 year university degree programme, PASS4Soccer can help you!  

Having worked in the field for 15 years, PASS4Soccer have assisted players from grassroots teams through to ESFA Internationals. Scholarship recipients have gone on to play in the MLS, WSL, USL and English Football League following graduation.


1.         Superb facilities

2.         Up to 100% scholarships available that cover Tuition Fees, Accommodation and Food

3.         Train and play in a full time professional environment

4.         Play in front of large crowds

5.         Opportunity of a lifetime

6.         Strengthen your CV and develop socially in a new country

7.         Minimal/no student debt. (Current UK Average: £40,000+)

Soccer scholarships in the USA can cover up to 100% of the costs for Tuition Fees, Accommodation and Food so the choice to study in the USA can be a great life decision as well as a superb way to reduce the high costs associated with university fees in England.


PASS4Soccer have Information and Assessment Days coming up in the following locations, with more to be added throughout the year – if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch:

  • 26th September @ Warwick University
  • 28th October @ Newcastle
  • 29th October @ Newcastle (Females)
  • 30th October @ Cirencester
  • 1st November @ Middlesex (Females)
  • 10th November @ Lancing

PASS4Soccer also hold a US Coach Showcase in December exclusively for its network members and is heavily attended by university coaches from the USA. This is a great chance to play live in front of the coaches whilst having the event professionally filmed.


In addition to the showcase, PASS4Soccer also organise US Tours to allow players to sample the lifestyle, culture and level of university sport in the USA each year. This gives P4S members the opportunity to meet college coaches, visit facilities & make an informed decision when deciding on future scholarship offers. The 2020 tour will be travelling to Florida and visiting a number of campuses for tours and fixtures.

Those interested in finding out more about the PASS4Soccer program can contact the main office on 01912 295236 or visit www.PASS4Soccer.com to complete the free sign up.

Sponsors and Partners, The World of Schools' Football

ESFA announce Grief Encounter as their Associate Charity

The English Schools’ FA is delighted to announce Grief Encounter as their Associate Charity for the 2019/20 season.

Grief Encounter support bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. Established in 2003, Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading bereaved child charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.

Having recently launched their new, confidential helpline, ‘grieftalk’, Grief Encounter have made huge steps in offering further support via the telephone, live chat and email services to children who may be struggling with the death of a loved one.

The English Schools’ FA feels the partnership between Grief Encounter and themselves is one that makes perfect sense. To be able to open lines of communication for children across England who may be struggling with bereavement issues is something that the ESFA feels passionately about and are keen to promote the partnership to member schools and associations.

Aside from the promotion of the nationwide, confidential helpline, ‘grieftalk’, the partnership between the two charities hopes to see the formation of classroom resources specifically designed to help to support teachers who may have little or no experience of dealing with bereaved children within a classroom environment. We hope that the delivery of these resources will help strengthen the messages of support portrayed by Grief Encounter and provide teaching staff with invaluable resources to equip them for related scenarios.

Richard Fogelman, Grief Encounter CEO comments, “Reaching bereaved children and young people in today’s society is notoriously difficult. With the opening of our new, nationwide and freephone helpline, GriefTalk, alongside our well established school support work, our hope is that the partnership with the ESFA, and their network of schools and volunteers across the UK, will help us promote open conversation with young people about grief. We are excited to be working alongside the ESFA and thank them for the opportunity to help more bereaved children, young people and their families.”

Andrea Chilton, ESFA CEO said, “We are very proud to be able to promote the wonderful work carried out by Grief Encounter via our network of schools and volunteers across England. The messaging and support provided by Grief Encounter is hugely insightful and we believe will be of great use to all of our Members. We are privileged to be able to spread the word about this wonderful charity and the support mechanisms they provide to young people – we hope that through this partnership we are able to help make a difference within children and young people’s lives when they need it most.”

Further information will be sent out regarding the work of Grief Encounter in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you can find out more about them via their website. There is also a direct link to their page as well as contact details located on the homepage of the ESFA website.

Get In touch

Tel: 0808 802 0111
Web: www.griefencounter.org.uk
Email: grieftalk@griefencounter.org.uk