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SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL WEEK 2023 – Save the date 

Let’s support even more pupils to enjoy the benefits of Schools’ Football!  The English Schools’ Football Association is delighted to announce the return of Schools’ Football Week, from 6th – 12th February 2023!

Schools’ Football Week (SFW), is an ongoing ESFA initiative designed as an opportunity for schools, teams and clubs from across the country to embrace schools’ football and the wellbeing benefits it provides to pupils and payers. It celebrates the importance of schools’ football, competitive or otherwise, to pupils across England and provides teachers and coaches with tools and a motivation to further discuss the benefits of schools’ football within their educational environment.  

The 2022 campaign saw us embrace the growing participation in girls’ football in schools – promoting the importance of equal access to schools’ football for both girls and boys. In this new season, following the incredible journey of the Lionesses and continuing the trend the ESFA have seen over the last two years, we are going to continue in our pursuit to celebrate girls’ and all schools’ football in 2023.  

Schools’ Football Week 2022 saw the ESFA reach huge new levels of participation – 

  • Over 142,000 pupils took part in SFW activity 
  • Over 10,000 teams were involved in SFW 
  • Over 800 schools registered for events 
  • Over 56,000 girls benefitted from schools’ football activity during SFW 

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this fantastic campaign in 2023! 

Save the date 

The 2023 campaign will officially launch on Monday 28 November. We will be asking schools, Associations and clubs to register activity, allowing us to see participation levels from across England and to understand the activities taking place to celebrate SFW in your area. The registration link is already live, for those who want to sign up straight away, but full information, along with a toolkit to help you with ideas on how to get involved, will be shared on Monday 28th November. 

We have launched a brand new website dedicated to Schools’ Football Week this year and we will be keeping that updated with news stories, resources and information for you to access. Simply visit www.schoolsfootballweek.co.uk to find out more and don’t forget to follow @schoolsfootball on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to be kept up to date with all of our activity. 

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ESFA announce live draws for Schools’ Football Week

The ESFA is delighted to confirm that for the first time in National Schools’ Cup history, they will be streaming a live draw for the quarter and semi final rounds of up to 30 competitions.

Schools’ Football Week, in association with Haier, will kick off on Monday 7 February 2020 with the ESFA’s live draws streaming on their YouTube channel, ESFA TV from 5pm.

The ESFA currently run 30 Schools’ Cup competitions from U12 – U18, including the 20 PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup competitions, at the U12 to U15 age groups. The quarter and semi-final rounds of all 30 competitions will be drawn live from West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns Stadium and will be streamed online for all participants to see where the next round of their competition will take them.

ESFA Director of operations, Darren Alcock said: “The ESFA is really excited about being able to broadcast ESFA National Cup draws for the very first time.  It promises to be an tremendous evening which will hopefully capture the imagination of our audience and generate some fantastic interest amongst the children, family members and teachers involved.  We are extremely grateful to our friends at West Bromwich Albion Football Club, for allowing us to use the fantastic facilities at The Hawthorns’ Stadium to host the live stream.”

Programme information and timings will be available from next week, for a more detailed overview of the event, but in the meantime the ESFA urge schools’ cup followers to subscribe to the ESFA YouTube channel and keep an eye on social media channels for further information.

Don’t forget to follow the English Schools’ FA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for up to date information on all upcoming events, including Schools’ Football Week, in association with Haier.