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ESFA Hotshots- Prize draw winners 2021/22

The Inaugural ESFA Hotshots campaign has come to a close with over 31,000 pupils taking part in intra-school football activity, across the country. The prizes have been drawn and the winners are announced below! This season, the ESFA is giving away over £29,000 in cash to the winning schools.

ESFA Hotshots

ESFA Hotshots was a new ESFA initiative for the 2021/22 season, focusing on intra-school football.

The project aim was to encourage as many young people as possible into organised team sport, regardless of ability and to encourage participating schools to organise intra-school football activity between 14th March 2022 and 27th May 2022. The ESFA incentivised this activity by entering each school that registered their Intra-School activity with us into a prize draw, with a chance to win £3000 for their school.

The initiative encouraged an amazing 31,364 pupils from around the country to take part in organised Intra-school activity with 17,808 boys, 12,512 girls and 1,044 SEND pupils involved. It has been great to see schools from all over the country sharing their Hotshots activity via the ESFA’s social media channels, with pupils of all ages and abilities getting to experience the benefits that schools’ football provides.

Prize Draw

All the schools’ that took part in the ESFA Hotshots initiative were entered into a prize draw for their particular category of school. The prizes for each category are as follows:

  • 1st Prize £3,000 Cash
  • 2nd Prize £300 Cash
  • 3rd Prize: Pro-Direct Football Equipment

Congratulations to the following schools’ who have been successful in this season’s prize draw:

Boys’ Primary School

  • 1st Prize (£3,000): Bedfont Primary School (Middlesex)
  • 2nd Prize (£300): East Preston Junior School (West Sussex)
  • 3rd Prize: (Pro-Direct Football Equipment): Colham Manor Primary School (Uxbridge)

Girls’ Primary School

  • 1st Prize (£3,000): Fair Field Junior School (Watford)
  • 2nd Prize (£300): Westgate Hill Primary Academy (Tyne and Wear)
  • 3rd Prize: (Pro-Direct Football Equipment): Veritas Primary Academy (Staffordshire)

Boys’ Secondary School

  • 1st Prize (£3,000): Birley Secondary Academy (Sheffield)
  • 2nd Prize (£300): The Heath School (Cheshire)
  • 3rd Prize: (Pro-Direct Football Equipment): All Saints Church of England Academy (Dorset)

Girls’ Secondary School

  • 1st Prize (£3,000): The Gryphon School (Dorset)
  • 2nd Prize (£300): Dallam School (Cumbria)
  • 3rd Prize: (Pro-Direct Football Equipment): Sidmouth College (Devon)

Boys’ Further Education

  • 1st Prize (£3,000): The Warren School (Barking and Dagenham)
  • 2nd Prize (£300): Samuel Whitbread Academy (Bedfordshire)
  • 3rd Prize: (Pro-Direct Football Equipment): Branston Community Academy (Lincoln)

Girls’ Further Education

  • 1st Prize (£3,000): Carmel College (Merseyside)

Boys’ Small Schools

  • 1st Prize (£3,000): North Waltham Primary School (Hampshire)
  • 2nd Prize (£300): Tanworth In Arden CofE Primary School (Solihull)
  • 3rd Prize: (Pro-Direct Football Equipment): Woore Primary School (Shropshire)

Girls Small Schools’

  • 1st Prize (£3,000): Broughton Moor Primary School (Cumbria)
  • 2nd Prize (£300): Woore Primary School (Shropshire)
  • 3rd Prize: (Pro-Direct Football Equipment): Tanworth In Arden CofE Primary School (Solihull)

SEN Mixed Schools’

  • 1st Prize (£3,000): Adelaide Heath Academy (Cheshire)
  • 2nd Prize (£300): Carmel College (Merseyside)
  • 3rd Prize: (Pro-Direct Football Equipment): Farringdon Academy (Sunderland)

Congratulations once again to all the above schools. A big thank you to all the schools and pupils who took part in this new, ESFA Hotshots campaign and please look out for the continuation of this initiative for the 2022/23 season.

Sponsors and Partners

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!