Classroom Challenge, Sponsors and Partners

The Panini Classroom Challenge returns for 2023

The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) and Panini are celebrating their 10th Classroom Challenge with an opportunity for primary schools to win £2,000 cash, plus more prizes, and a presentation assembly from Panini.

This latest challenge, celebrating Panini’s Premier League Official Sticker Collection 2023, will see participating schools receive a box of Panini goodies for their pupils, including the Classroom Challenge worksheets. The team will be asking pupils embrace a real challenge this time – designing their very own football kit, to secure a place in the running for the prize!

Schools can register to take part in this latest activity by clicking the link below, but hurry – there is only space for 2,000 schools to sign up!

Registered schools will receive their Panini Classroom Challenge goodies in the new year, in early January 2023, and the competition will run from 9 January–3 February 2023.

Don’t forget to register your school today!

The story so far

Since 2017, the ESFA and Panini have worked closely together to create the Classroom Challenge campaign, with January 2023 marking the 10th challenge to be launched. The collaboration has given thousands of primary schools across England opportunities to receive Panini goodies to use in school and for them to win thousands of pounds of prize money, as part of the competition. 

The Classroom Challenge gives primary school children across the country an opportunity to be creative with art and design, while learning some fantastic Panini facts and filling out fun quizzes and worksheets. The uptake for these challenges has continued to grow and the feedback we’ve received from teachers over the last five years has been incredibly positive. Schools have found the Panini stickers and albums a fantastic vehicle for reward incentives, and many have seen this as a way to introduce ‘swaps clubs’ within school, helping pupils to find new hobbies and learn new skills.

The ESFA and Panini hope to continue to grow the popularity of the Classroom Challenge and to introduce even more schools across England to the competition.

ESFA Internationals, featured

Two former England U15 Schoolgirls receive debut call up for the Lionesses senior squad

The ESFA would like to formally congratulate Maya Le Tissier and Katie Robinson for their debut call ups to the senior lionesses squad. Both were part of the England U15 Schoolgirls’ squad who lifted the Bob Docherty Cup in 2016

Maya, who represented Guernsey Schools’ FA, captained the England U15 Schoolgirls’ in 2015/16 whilst Katie, who represented Cornwall Schools’ FA, was the focal point in attack throughout the campaign. The 2015/16 England U15 Schoolgirls’ were the last squad to lift the Bob Docherty Cup, which was played at Dragon’s Park in Newport, Wales. The girls beat both Wales and Scotland in the group stages, where Katie scored against Wales, before beating the Republic of Ireland in the Final. Maya, pictured above, can be seen with the Bob Docherty Trophy.

Since their time together with the England U15 Schoolgirls, Maya has gone on to sign a professional contract with Manchester United, playing five WSL games so far this season and scoring two goals. Katie plays for Brighton and Hove Albion in the WSL, playing five games and scoring one goal. Both girls will now be reunited, wearing three lions on their chest once again, proudly representing their country at the highest, professional level.

The trials process for the England U15 Schoolgirls squad 2022/23 is currently underway, with hundreds of girls around the country hoping to follow in Katie and Mayas’ footsteps. For more information on the ESFA International programme and what to look forward to this season, please click here.

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