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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.  

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Could you be an ESFA Council Member?

Be an integral part of the decision making process for the National Governing Body for Schools’ Football

The ESFA currently have a number of Council vacancies in the Midlands, North and South West of the country. The ESFA’s Council is made up of a mixture of individuals who are teachers, former teachers or work within an educational setting and who are also active in some way within their local Schools’ Football Association.

The ESFA’s Council are the driving force behind decisions on all schools’ football and by joining, you can help to ensure that your thoughts and ideas are represented to other decision-makers. The eligibility criteria has been widened to include co-opted members for a one year term as below – 

“Council may, for a period of no longer than one year, co-opt a schools’ employee who does not hold QTS but who is a member of an affiliated Association in the area, as long as the co-opted membership for that area does not exceed 1 member.”

If you, or someone you know, is passionate about schools’ football and would like to help us to continue to improve what we offer to children, teams, teachers and volunteers across the schools’ football landscape, then please either:

  • Contact your local Association secretary and ask for them to nominate you
  • Contact Andrea Chilton (CEO) for further information: andrea.chilton@schoolsfa.com

You can also find out more information along with nomination details and forms here.

We look forward to welcoming new Council members along to the ESFA in the coming weeks.