ESFA National Finals, Sponsors and Partners

The Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup National Finals 2023

Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup 2022/2023 inaugural tournament culminated on the 7th June at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium, which saw teams from across the country compete to win in the U11 Schools’ Cup, U11 Girls’ Cup and U11 Small Schools’ Cup competitions.

The tournament gave over 50,000 players across the country the opportunity to develop their football skills, have fun with their friends and compete for a place in the national finals. We are delighted to announce the following schools as winners and runners up in each of the 3 Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup competitions –

U11 Schools’ Cup Winner: Harpur Hill Primary School (Derbyshire)

U11 Schools’ Cup Runners Up: Victoria College Prep (Jersey)

U11 Girls’ Cup Winner: St Walburga’s Primary School (Dorset)

U11 Girls’ Cup Runners Up: Tollerton Primary School (Nottinghamshire)

U11 Small Schools’ Cup Winner: Alma Primary School (Middlesex)

U11 Small Schools’ Cup Runners Up: Lindow Community School (Cheshire)

The Pokémon Company International is the official multi-year partner for the Schools’ Cup in collaboration with the English Schools’ FA (ESFA).

This has been a memorable first tournament with the ESFA. It was great to see how the players worked together with their teammates, which is a core value at Pokémon, putting all of their energy into trying their best to progress through the competition and be crowned the national winners. Everyone who took part should be incredibly proud of themselves,” said Peter Murphy, Senior Director of Marketing at the Pokémon Company International. “Thank you to all the children, parents, schools, teachers, and coaches who made this competition such a success. We look forward to continuing to work alongside the ESFA and giving more children the opportunity to take part in the fun-packed competition for the 23/24 season.”

ESFA Chair, Stuart Botham said “I am delighted that the first season of the Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup has been such a success and that the ESFA is able to offer such a fantastic range of U11 competitions, thanks to the support of The Pokémon Company International. This partnership is providing the ESFA with the opportunity to grow, improve and enhance each of these three National Cup competitions, meaning that the tens of thousands of children that participate each year will have the best, possible experience at every stage of the tournament. This year’s National Finals at Leicester City FC were a fantastic showcase for the talent, skill and dedication of primary schools from across the country and, on behalf of the ESFA, I would like to thank each and every team for their participation and sportsmanship this season”.

The Pokémon Company International is on a mission to delight fans through excellent products and meaningful experiences, with the hope to help make the world a better place for everyone by creating opportunities to bond and grow through shared journeys and friendly competition.

The partnership includes the U11 Schools’ Cup, U11 Girls’ Cup and U11 Small Schools’ Cup categories which provide a pathway for teams to progress through three rounds of competition. Beginning in local, District rounds, successful teams then go on to compete in County rounds, then one of four Regional Finals, which take place in the North, Midlands, South East and South West of England. The top 6 teams from each Regional Final had the opportunity to travel to the National Finals, where the National Champion of each competition category was crowned.

You can watch footage from the National Finals back via the ESFA’s YouTube Channel, ESFA TV.

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Pokémon U11 Primary Schools’ Cup- Staffordshire County Rounds

The Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup County Rounds have been taking place around the country, with primary school teams battling for a place in the Regional Finals. The ESFA marketing team were able to attend the Staffordshire County rounds on Monday 23 January to check out the event.

Last Monday, Staffordshire County Schools’ FA hosted the Staffordshire County Finals of the ESFA U11 Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup at Stafford Town FC. The event saw 11 teams from 9 different schools from across Staffordshire attend the finals to play in the three different categories of competitions:

  • ESFA U11 Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup
  • ESFA U11 Pokémon Primary Girls’ Cup
  • ESFA U11 Pokémon Primary Small Schools’ Cup

The winners from each competition will go forward to the regional rounds where they will compete against the best teams in their area for a spot in the Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup National Final in May.

The ESFA is delighted to welcome Pokémon on board as sponsor of the Primary Schools’ Cup competitions from the 2022/23 season. The partnership will provide some fantastic opportunities for primary school children in England to take part in schools’ football throughout this season and beyond. As the Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup moves into the Regional Round stage of the competitions, the ESFA and Pokémon are eager to see which teams will make it through to the National Finals, to be held in May.

ESFA U11 Pokémon Schools’ Cup

FINAL TABLE                P     W    D     L     GF      GA      PTS

EDGE HILL                    3      2      1     0      3         0         7

CODSALL MIDDLE       3      1      2     0      1         0         5

ASH GREEN                  3      1      1      1     1         1         4

OAKRIDGE                    3      0      0      3     0         4         0 

ESFA U11 Pokémon Primary Girls’ Cup

FINAL TABLE              P     W     D     L     GF     GA     PTS

ST.JOHNS                   4      3       1     0     6         1       10

OAKRIDGE                 4      2       1     1     8         2         7

EDGE HILL                  4      1       3     0     3         2        6

NEWSTEAD                4      1       1     2     3         7        4

FLORENDINE              4      0       0     4     0        8         0

ESFA U11 Pokémon Primary Small Schools’ Cup

ST.CHRISTOPHERS                2     v    0            ALL SAINTS                       

Congratulations to St. Johns, Edge Hill and St Christopher’s who will all progress to the midlands regional finals in March hosted at Castle Vale Stadium, Birmingham.

Photo credit: 353 Photography