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England U15 Schoolgirls vs ISFA Girls- Match Report

The England Schoolgirls got their international programme off to a positive start with a 2-2 draw against their Independent Schools’ FA counterparts.

English Schools Football Association U15 Girls v ISFA U16 at Charterhouse School on Sunday 12th January 2020 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

After receiving their kits for the upcoming campaign, the squad took to the immaculate surface at Charterhouse School for their first match together since the final squad selection was made in December.

Rebecca Ferguson took the captain’s armband as the England girls settled into their stride early on, creating pressure down both flanks with Leoni Telford and Delphi Cole looking dangerous down the right hand side and Lucy Cooper testing the full back down the left hand side.

Although clear chances were few early on, it was Cole who saw her strike from just inside the box gathered by the home keeper, but shortly after, Megan Sofield stepped up to convert a penalty awarded after a foul just inside the area.

ISFA drew level shortly before the interval but early in the 2nd half Poppy Pritchard was quickest to a through ball in the box and slotted home into the empty net, leaving the defender and keeper stranded.

The home side drew level later in the half and that was the end of the scoring for the afternoon in what was a very competitive outing for both teams.

The girls will now prepare for their trip to Eindhoven for their half term training camp, a key part of the preparation for April’s Bob Docherty Cup tournament in Wales.

Thanks to ISFA and Charterhouse School for hosting the fixture and to all parents for their support on the day.

Thank you to 353 Photography for capturing the game, more images available over on their website

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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.