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ESFA Launch new volunteer Reward and Recognition scheme

ESFA to launch new Reward & Recognition campaign for Schools’ Football volunteers across England 

The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) is delighted to be planning a new Reward and Recognition Awards scheme for the 2022/23 Schools’ Football Season. This new campaign will see the Association, as the National Governing Body for Schools’ Football, reach out to and reward the army of volunteers that continue to dedicate their time, providing opportunities for school pupils across England to participate in local schools’ football activity.  

Recent findings have shown that there are volunteers giving up their time on behalf of the ESFA in local areas, via local County and District Schools’ FA’s – without realising that their efforts are contributing to the countrywide mission of the Association. The work of volunteers is intrinsic to the continuation of the ESFA across local and representative football and its impact on communities throughout England. Therefore, it is important the Association attempts to make a connection with these valuable volunteers to both recognise and reward their contributions.  

The ESFA plans to reach as many volunteers as possible, reminding them of how valued their input is and maybe even introducing some of them to the wider work of the English Schools’ FA. The new campaign also ensures that volunteers are aware of some of the benefits that can be accessed as part of their ESFA Membership. The Association is therefore asking volunteers to spare a few minutes to fill out the below survey, ensuring their contact details are captured – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YYHZBKP

As part of the campaign, all volunteers that register via the link above will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Pro:Direct voucher. There will be 10 chances to win in each of the ESFA’s 4 regions (North, Midlands, South East & South West).  

ESFA volunteers can already register for a Pro:Direct account as part of the ESFA’s ‘clubshop’, via this link. This registration will ensure volunteers automatically receive 12 months free Elite Plus membership to Pro:Direct including 12 months free delivery on all items and 10% off their next football boot purchase.  

The ESFA’s new Reward & Recognition campaign is designed to reinforce the importance of volunteering within Schools’ Football and the Association plans to embrace this for the upcoming season and beyond.  


National Volunteers Week

In honour of National Volunteers Week the ESFA would like to celebrate all the amazing work that hundreds of volunteers involved in schools’ football do, to allow young people to experience all of the benefits that schools football has to offer.

The ESFA is only able to function because our incredible network of volunteers, whether it’s coaches spending evenings coaching teams out in the rain, association members organising activity in their area or ESFA council members giving up their weekends to attend meetings and AGMs, all of our volunteers allow us to create and support the amazing schools’ football activity that we do.

So we would like to say a big “Thank You” to all these volunteers for your hardwork and dedication in making schools’ football across England, a wonderful and unique experience!

Get Social

Do you know a volunteer who goes above and beyond for Schools football in your area? Show your appreciation by tagging @schoolsfootball and using #VoulnteersWeek2020 on socials for us to share!

Council member Vacancies

Want to do more to support schools’ football in your area but not sure how? We currently have a number of vacancies on the ESFA council and have made it easier than ever to get involved! Click here for more information.

We are looking forward to creating even more ways to show appreciation to our volunteers in the coming seasons, but for now a hearfelt “thank you” for allowing us to create such an incredible experience and atmosphere for Schools’ Footballers across the country.