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ESFA and inspiresport continue partnership for the 2021/22 season

The ESFA is delighted to announce that their partnership with inspiresport is continuing for another season.

The ongoing partnership, now into its 10th year, is testament to the mutual values held by both organisations, recognising the importance of fun and promoting sporting values with the aim of enriching young people’s lives and creating life-long memories.

This year, following the COVID-19 pandemic, providing opportunities for all players, whatever their ability, is more important than ever. This partnership will help to create these opportunities for schools’ football players across England.

Steve Butchart, Managing Director of inspiresport said “We’re very happy to continue our support of the English Schools’ Football Association for another season and can’t wait to get the U15 Girls and U18 Boys teams away on their respective development tours. Offering opportunities to players of all abilities is the backbone of what we do at inspiresport, and after the challenges of the past 18 months, it’s a great feeling to work with our partners at the ESFA on their elite requirements again whilst also being able to offer similar experiences to the ESFA member schools.”

ESFA Chairman, Mark Hignett said about the continued partnership, “We are delighted to once again be working with inspiresport for the 21/22 season. Aside from the great opportunities that they provide for school children across England with their sports tours, inspiresport also provide a fantastic training camp experience for the ESFA’s England U15 Schoolgirls and U18 Schoolboys. After the 2019/20 England squads’ experiences were cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are excited to see what inspiresport are able to offer to our squads in 2022 and look forward to going on their journey with them”

For more information on Inspiresports range of domestic, European or long-haul football tour destinations visit

Sponsors and Partners

ESFA Announce New Official Kit Partner

The ESFA name Pro:Direct as their Official Kit partner from 21/22

The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) is delighted to announce Pro:Direct, the World’s largest online specialist sports store, as a new Principal Partner to the Association and sponsors of the ESFA’s International trial programme.   

Pro:Direct have partnered with the ESFA to support the activity undertaken by their two England squads for the next three years, including the provision of international playing kit for both the Boys’ U18 and Girls’ U15 England squads. Pro:Direct will also become broadcast sponsors for all live streamed activity undertaken by the England Schoolboy and Schoolgirl sides, which will be shown via the ESFA’s YouTube, ESFA TV later this season. 

Thanks to the new partnership, this season’s England squads will be kitted out in Nike, as it’s Pro:Direct’s expertise that will allow the ESFA strip to become as close to the look and feel of The FA’s national team kit as possible. This will bring a united look throughout representative football and bring with it a huge sense of pride for all involved. 

The new strip will incorporate the Pro:Direct logo on the sleeve, alongside kit sponsor, Utilita’s logo with front of shirt placement. The full replica kit will also sit alongside other associated product capsules to further compliment this partnership and to give the ESFA a look of true professionalism and collective identity.  

All these products will be showcased and available to buy online at 

Mark Hignett, ESFA Chairman said; “The English Schools’ Football Association are very pleased to have secured sponsorship from Pro:Direct and to be able to formally announce them as a Principle Partner for the Association from September 2021. 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 the work they carry out as specialist sport suppliers and are looking forward to seeing the squads’ new kits in January 2022.”   

Adrian Lake, from Pro:Direct said; ‘Pro:Direct Soccer are very proud to be working with the ESFA and we see this as a perfect partnership to build upon our mutual ambition. Covid has shown us all how important family, friends, sport and activities are, therefore we can not think of a better institution to support.   The ESFA also creates a platform for sporting excellence, pride and collective success so we are also very excited to part of a process that will bring a higher profile to all those involved in representative football throughout the country.  Therefore, this is a very exciting project to be involved in and, as the world’s largest soccer specialist, we feel we are perfectly placed to help energise and inspire football at the heart of every school.  

Our Pro:Direct ‘Clubhouse’ is fully set up to provide kits and kickbacks to all levels of the game, from Schools to the professional elite, so it feels a natural extension of our expertise to be helping in this manner. We also believe our social media presence of over 3 million followers will enjoy seeing this partnership come to life so our extensive reach into the heart of the game affords us the perfect platform to showcase this partnership’  

The 2021 International season will begin on Sunday 10 October when the England U15 Schoolgirls’ trials kick off across the country, with the boys’ trials following suit from Saturday 23 October. The international selection journey from trials to selection to kit presentations and fixtures will be reported over the course of the next few months via the ESFA website and social media channels. 

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

The Pro:Direct Clubhouse department provides a superb choice, service, and range of all teamwear needs, including a facility to creates bespoke online shops which serve to offer kickbacks to schools, clubs, and associations. If you would like to discuss this service in more detail, please contact Pro:Direct also serve the other sports of Running, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis and Fitness so it covers a full spectrum of specialist sport.