ESFA Internationals, featured, Sponsors and Partners

ESFA Announce Utilita as new Principal Partner

The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) is delighted to announce Utilita, the smart energy experts, as a new Principal Partner to the Association and sponsors of the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV.

Utilita, who are about to officially launch a brand new #EnergyHigh5 campaign, encouraging the nation to make five simple adjustments to their energy habits at home in order to make a big saving on wasted energy as well as their bills, have partnered with the ESFA to support the activity undertaken by their two England squads for the next three years.

Thanks to the new partnership, the ESFA will be able to heighten their coverage of their international activity for the England U15 Schoolgirl and England U18 Schoolboy squads, from January 2020 as the International season gets underway. As the new Official Energy Partner of the Association, Utilita will initially support the activity provided for the two squads and are also the official front of shirt sponsors for this season’s kit – emblazoning all 36 players with their Energy High 5 campaign branding, to help spread their message to “waste less energy and start saving money”.

Phil Harding, ESFA Chairman said; “The English Schools’ Football Association is very pleased to have secured sponsorship from Utilita and to be able to formally announce them as a Principal Partner for the Association from January 2020. The International activity provided by the Association for young players in England really is the pinnacle of schools’ football activity and to be able to increase the value of what we can provide for them through this partnership, is a real asset to the Association. We are keen to help promote and to support their Energy High 5 campaign – as we believe this conveys an important message and one that we should all be sharing in to help stop wasted energy in England.”

Jem Maidment, Director of Marketing and Communications said; “Utilita is proud of its growing commitment to British football – from Premier League, to grassroots – so we are delighted to be supporting the ESFA and the future stars of English football.

“We also want to use our partnership with the ESFA to spread our message to encourage England’s young people to reduce their energy usage as part of our new #EnergyHigh5 campaign.”

Utilita and English Schools’ Football

New English Schools’ FA England kits with logo from kit sponsor and Principal Partner, Utilita

The 2020 International season will begin this Sunday 12 January when the England U15 Schoolgirls will be presented with their new kit ahead of their first friendly match against the Independent Schools’ FA (ISFA) at Charterhouse School in Godalming. The England U18 Schoolboys will also be playing their first friendly fixture of the season against the RAF at Oxford City FC on Sunday 12 January and will receive their new England kit on Saturday 25 January at Stafford Town FC ahead of their second friendly against the Australia Schoolboys squad.

The ESFA is delighted to welcome Utilita on board with the Association and look forward to a continued partnership over the coming years.

ESFA Internationals

England U18 Schoolboy trials: South East v South West

England U18 Boys’ South East v South West trial takes place this Sunday 17 November

The ESFA continue their search for this season’s most talented Schools’ Footballers, with a view to presenting them with the opportunity to earn honours caps by representing their country in the 2019-2020 Schools’ Football season.  

With the regional trials having concluded on the 3 November, the best players from the South East and South West have been formed into regional squads who will face each other this Sunday (17th) at Middlesex FA’s, Rectory Park with a 1:45pm KO. ESFA selectors will then choose the strongest possible squad from this game to represent the South of England in the final trial on Sunday 1st December.  

These trials will present an opportunity for nominated players to impress selectors before heading to the next stage of the process. Simply by being nominated to take part in regional trials, players have already achieved the honour of being recognised by their county, having been put forward for the opportunity to play internationally by proving their capability of playing both individually and as part of a team.  

The international squads are made up of the best players in Schools’ Football in England. Players are chosen based upon their talent, after making their way through a strict trials process. Those who are successful in completing the entire trials process will go on to represent their country in 2020. Once selected, this season’s U18 England Schoolboys’ squad, following some friendly matches, will go on to play in the Centenary Shield against Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Good luck to all those involved!