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ESFA announce brand new partnership for 20/21

The English Schools’ Football Association is delighted to announce their new partnership with VEO Technologies – the official remote filming partner of the ESFA.

VEO, a portable and affordable solution that enables sports teams to record and analyse matches and training sessions without the need for a camera operator, will be offering some great opportunities for ESFA member schools to take advantage of the benefits of their technology.

The partnership, which has officially launched as of September 2020, will last for three years, in the first instance and during this time both the ESFA and VEO hope to be able to share the successes of their technology whilst in use in National Cup competitions, International fixtures and training sessions for schools’ cup teams.

Andrea Chilton, ESFA CEO said “On behalf of the ESFA, I am very much looking forward to this new partnership with VEO. We are constantly reminded of how important training and match analysis is from our competing school teams or association representative and international sides and we hope that by promoting this technology, all of our teams may be able to benefit and help to raise the level of their game each season.”

Oli Perkins, VEO Market Manager (UK) said “The English Schools Football Association is a very important partner for us. The ESFA enhances both the performance and social development of pupils through football. Considering these pupils are both visual learners and digitally engaged, Veo is able to enhance this experience. Veo is also a very useful aid in filming students for examination assessments and we are happy to alleviate some of the stress this has caused coaches/teachers/parents alike”

More information on VEO technology and how you can use it to support your team will be emailed directly to schools in the coming days, however in the meantime, please head over to their website for more information and to contact VEO directly to discuss options that are available for you.

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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.