ESFA Development Fund 2019/20

The ESFA Development Fund is launching for the fourth year and will be once again available for ESFA districts, schools, County Schools’ FAs, County FAs and wider partners.

Funding will be released imminently and will be sent to ESFA contacts across all our channels – if you don’t receive any communications relating to this, then please contact us and we will make sure you are sent the guidance and application form.

What is the ESFA Development Fund?

The fund is available to support new schools’ football activities across England. Each bid for funding needs to demonstrate that;

  • New activity is being stimulated
  • That the new activity doesn’t duplicate other activity within the area
  • That the activity wouldn’t be able to go ahead without development funding
  • More children will play football as a direct result of the grant

Here’s what we’ve done over the last three years…

Throughout the lifetime of the Development Fund project, over 178 projects have been completed, totaling over £187,000 worth of investment across the country and creating over 6,000 new teams.

Over 2,500 teams have been specifically for the development of girls’ football, just over 2,000 teams have been for boys’ development, the fund has aided just over 900 mixed football teams and over 450 disability schools’ football teams.

How to apply

Details will be emailed out to all contacts over the coming days, but if you haven’t received correspondence from us and are interested in applying in your area, please visit the development page of our website, where you will find the guidance and forms for you to download and return.

If you are not sure you are eligible to apply, see here for the development fund criteria.

Get in touch

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Kieren Laverick, Football Development Officer.

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ESFA Primary School Festival – Slough Town FC

ESFA Hosts Primary School Festival alongside England International at Slough Town FC in conjunction with The PFA

The ESFA primary school festival ran in partnership on Friday evening (8 March) thanks to specialist funding from the PFA. The event was a triumphant hit with all in attendance, this was visible from the smiles on everyone’s faces.

10 schools from the Berkshire area participated in the festival. The event took place at Slough Town FC from 3pm. The event was a celebration of Primary schools’ football and a chance for local schools to display their abilities and compete against each other.


Schools that took part were :

Slough Schools:

Lynch Hill

Holy Family Catholic School

Dedworth School (A team & B team)

Priory School

Montem Academy

Wokingham Schools:

Hawkedon Primary School 

South Lake Primary School

West Berkshire Schools:

Long Lane Primary School

Reading Schools:

St Mary & All Saints C of E Primary School


The festival consisted of mixed teams from year 5 and 6 at each school in a 7-a-side format.

Matches lasted 10 minutes each and the festival consisted of two leagues with winners and runners up going into a plate competition and main competition.

The final presentation took place at 5:00pm, declaring Dedworth Schools’ A Team as the competition winners, with Montem, Lynch Hill and Long Lane taking 2nd to 4th place, respectively.

The Primary presentation took place just ahead of the England v Wales in the Centenary Shield fixture, which will kicked off at 7 pm. You can watch the full England v Wales match here.



We would like to thank all the primary schools that took part in Friday’s festival and also the PFA (Professional Footballers Association), for supporting this wonderful opportunity.