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ESFA Announce Bouden Coach Travel as Official Transport Partners to the Association

The ESFA are delighted to announce Bouden Coach Travel as their newest partner and official transport partners to the Association.

The partnership, which is in place for the next three seasons, will see fantastic opportunities for ESFA members and schools to source discounted rates on all their travel needs. With a fleet ranging from mini-buses to full sized coaches, Boudens will be looking to assist the transportation needs of ESFA members, right across the board.

The ESFA international squads will be among the first teams to experience the service provided by Bouden Coach Travel throughout the duration of the upcoming international season – however the offer isn’t exclusive to our England squads, with Boudens providing a discounted service to all ESFA members. From schools to associations, the ESFA are recommending that anyone looking for support with upcoming travel arrangements contact Martin Shutt directly at Boudens for a quote – making sure you mention you heard about them through the ESFA in order to claim your discounted rate.

Andrea Chilton, ESFA CEO said “Bouden Coach Travel is a great transport partner for the English Schools’ FA. The fact that they operate nationally, as we do, makes perfect sense to us. We hope that many of our members and schools will benefit from this new partnership, as we know that travel arrangements can be a large expense within Schools’ Football. If we can go some way to try to alleviate this additional expense then that is something we are very keen to do; we believe Boudens will be able to assist us with this and we are looking forward to working with them”

Adel Bouden, Director of Bouden Coach Travel said “We specialise in sports team transport and are immensely excited to begin transporting ESFA squads on board our coach hire and  minibus hire services”.

The ESFA would like to welcome Bouden Coach Travel ‘on board’ for the duration of the contract and hope to see our members do the same.

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UCFB and ESFA to continue educational partnership

The ESFA are delighted to announce that it has extended its partnership with The University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) – the world’s first higher education establishment dedicated to football and sports degrees.

UCFB, which has campuses with the Etihad Stadium and Wembley Stadium at their heart, will continue to be the ESFA Foundation Partner for Higher Education, helping to improve career prospects for students through football.

The extended deal means that employability opportunities for UCFB students at the ESFA and County School FAs will continue, as will research opportunities for students.

A football match between the English schoolboys U18 squad and a UCFB team was one of the highlights of the previous agreement, so UCFB is delighted to confirm that this fixture will return over the coming months. A new detail of the partnerships will be UCFB students helping to run the ESFA YouTube channel and help to broadcast their fixtures.

Andrea Chilton, CEO of ESFA: “The English Schools’ FA is delighted to continue this partnership with UCFB. Our joint missions remain the same – using football as a platform for personal development, educational attainment and career progression, makes this a particularly exciting joint venture through which we aim to enhance each other’s services for the benefit of our players, students and pupils.”

Sharona Friedman, Chief Marketing Officer of UCFB. Sharona added: “The last year has seen a number of our students gain great insight and experience working alongside the ESFA, with all positive about the experience. We’re naturally delighted that this work will continue over the next year and look forward to both organisations benefitting from each other’s expertise.”

UCFB graduates are currently employed at Premier League clubs, including Manchester City and Chelsea, with numerous ex-students also in roles at The Football Association, the Scottish Professional Football League and dozens of English Football League clubs.

Look out for forthcoming information on UCFB and how your pupils can get involved in their fantastic higher education programmes for their future.