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ESFA and Utilita continue their partnership for the 2022/23 season.

The English Schools’ Football Association will continue it’s partnership with Britain’s leading Smart pay as You Go Provider for the 2022/23 season. The highly recognisable Utilita Energy logo will continue to be featured on the front of the shirt for the England U15 Schoolgirls and U18 Schoolboys for this season.

Utilita specialises in innovative technology that puts its customers in better control of their energy usage and spend than ever before. The company’s customers use around 11% less energy than the average bill paying household, and it is the only energy company created to help households use and waste less energy.

But it’s not just energy that Utilita specialises in – but football, too. From grassroots to the Premier League, Utilita are an established brand within the beautiful game, partnering with over 25 elite football clubs across the UK including Rangers, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

In 2021, Utilita launched Football Rebooted, an initiative that encourages people to donate and claim pre-played football and astro boots. Not only relinquishing the financial burden of boots for families across the UK, this campaign also aims to save 136,000 tonnes of carbon. So far, thousands of boots have been ‘recycled’ to benefit those less fortunate – but the team will not stop until the total hits 1,000,000.

ESFA Chair, Stuart Botham said: “I am delighted to see the continuation of the ESFA’s partnership with Utilita Energy for the 2022/23 season. The International activity provided by the ESFA 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 Utilita’s Energy High 5 and Football Rebooted campaigns, ensuring further education and support schools’ football participants. We look forward to seeing where the partnership will lead in the coming season.”  

Jem Maidment, Chief Marketing Officer at Utilita, said: “Much like the ESFA, we strongly believe that everyone has the right to try their hand – or foot – at the beautiful game. This is a partnership that has prospered since it began, and I have no doubt it will flourish further.”

Founded in 2003 by energy industry expert and conservationist Bill Bullen, Utilita now have over 800,000 customers across the UK who enjoy the benefits of instant top-ups and access to real-time energy usage data via their award-winning smartphone app. ‘My Utilita’ is a free app, which is currently being used by 450,000 of its customers.

Utilita’s multi-award-winning High 5 campaign has now expanded to include five ways to help households save on cooking, and another five when using hot water. The behaviour change initiative invites every household nationwide to learn about the 15 free and simple ways to save hundreds a year on their energy bills.

Stay up to date:

For more information, please visit the following sites:

www.utilita.co.uk

www.utilita.co.uk/energyhigh5

www.footballrebooted.co.uk

Twitter: @UtilitaFootball

Instagram: @utilitafootball

Facebook: @Utilitafootball

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Stay Safe in Schools’ Football- The ESFA’s Safeguarding Campaign

In the build up to the FA’s safeguarding weekend (10th-11th September) , the ESFA is relaunching their safeguarding campaign, “Stay Safe in Schools’ Football”

Stay Safe in Schools’ Football is the English Schools’ FA’s safeguarding campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the actions that players, teachers and volunteers can take to keep themselves safe when playing schools’ football. The campaign, which was launched in 2021, has focused on creating and sharing content specifically for players, to help educate them on the actions they can take and to give them a guide to help them understand the safeguarding processes in place.

You can find out more about the ESFA’s Stay Safe in Schools’ Football messaging here.

A New Season of Safeguarding

In 2022/23 the ESFA are looking to push these messages to a wider audience and ensure they make schools’ football a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone. The ESFA is encouraging participants to stay up to date with the campaign messaging on their social media channels ( @schoolsfootball) and help share this messaging with everyone involved in schools’ football activity.

Get Involved

To kick off the campaign for the 2022/23 season, the Association is asking primary and secondary schools across the country to challenge their students to create some “Stay Safe In Schools’ Football” videos to help educate their peers on the actions they can take to ‘stay safe’. These videos will be shared on the ESFA’s social media channels and via their website, helping to spread the message far and wide.

The ESFA have put together some helpful scripts and a video guide to support you and your pupils and provide you with everything you need to create your own “Stay Safe In Schools’ Football” videos and where to submit them.