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ESFA and inspiresport continue partnership for the 2021/22 season

The ESFA is delighted to announce that their partnership with inspiresport is continuing for another season.

The ongoing partnership, now into its 10th year, is testament to the mutual values held by both organisations, recognising the importance of fun and promoting sporting values with the aim of enriching young people’s lives and creating life-long memories.

This year, following the COVID-19 pandemic, providing opportunities for all players, whatever their ability, is more important than ever. This partnership will help to create these opportunities for schools’ football players across England.

Steve Butchart, Managing Director of inspiresport said “We’re very happy to continue our support of the English Schools’ Football Association for another season and can’t wait to get the U15 Girls and U18 Boys teams away on their respective development tours. Offering opportunities to players of all abilities is the backbone of what we do at inspiresport, and after the challenges of the past 18 months, it’s a great feeling to work with our partners at the ESFA on their elite requirements again whilst also being able to offer similar experiences to the ESFA member schools.”

ESFA Chairman, Mark Hignett said about the continued partnership, “We are delighted to once again be working with inspiresport for the 21/22 season. Aside from the great opportunities that they provide for school children across England with their sports tours, inspiresport also provide a fantastic training camp experience for the ESFA’s England U15 Schoolgirls and U18 Schoolboys. After the 2019/20 England squads’ experiences were cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are excited to see what inspiresport are able to offer to our squads in 2022 and look forward to going on their journey with them”

For more information on Inspiresports range of domestic, European or long-haul football tour destinations visit https://www.inspiresport.com/tours/football/

Sponsors and Partners

UCFB and ESFA to continue educational partnership into third year

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

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. Earlier this UCFB also announced the launch the Global Institute of Sport (GIS) – its dedicated new home for Master’s degrees and executive education, to further expand its educational offering in the UK, online and abroad.

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

Football matches between the English schoolboys U18 squad and a UCFB team have been some of the highlights of the previous agreements, and UCFB is delighted to confirm that this fixture will be returning soon, and students will help to run the ESFA YouTube channel and help to broadcast their fixtures.

Andrea Chilton, CEO of ESFA: “The English Schools’ FA is delighted to be able to continue this partnership with UCFB and now GIS. Our joint missions remain the same as they always have – 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, GIS President and UCFB Governor, commented: “The last two years has seen a number of our students gain great insight and experience working alongside the ESFA. It’s only right that this partnership should continue to benefit our students and the ESFA, and we look forward to both organisations benefitting from each other’s expertise over the coming 12 months.”

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.