Message from the Chairman
Monday 18 October 2004By ESFA Office
Mr. Steve Abson
The autumn term is now underway, with September and October perhaps the busiest time in schools football. May I take this opportunity to wish everyone another enjoyable season. Thousands of players of all ages will be involved in schools matches in the coming months. Teachers do, of course give of their time freely to promote the game and its values. This is much appreciated. Perhaps your school has employed a new member of staff this term - what better time to introduce your new colleague to schools football.
R.A.F. new sponsorship
I was honoured to attend the launch of the Royal Air Force sponsorship at R.A.F. Cranwell. Joining in the celebrations were the winners of last seasons? competitions, Shenfield High School (Essex) and Notre Dame School (Merseyside). The official launch was marked by a fly-past of the celebrated "Red Arrows". The enthusiasm of The Royal Air Force to join with us for three years was there for all to see. On behalf of The English Schools FA, I thank them most sincerely for their support.
As you may know, our Finance Officer, Alison Miller left the Association at the end of August. Her replacement in the office is Dawn Howard. Dawn takes up her appointment on Monday 11th October. I am sure that everyone in membership will give a warm welcome to Dawn. In the meantime there may be a few minor delays in the finance department - I am sure that you will bear with us during this changeover.
The ESFA Office is geared up ready to receive the results from competitions organised directly from Stafford. Perhaps this is the time to remind your schools that each national competition has a deadline, and extensions to deadlines are unlikely to be agreed unless there are very special circumstances. Pride of place always goes to the Trophy competition for under 15 district teams, now kindly sponsored by the National Union of Teachers.
Schools and Associations are reminded that they should not play matches against teams that are not affiliated to ESFA. Insurance issues are important here. Sanction forms are available in the handbook on page 229.
The ESFA website has recently been updated. Competition updates, funding opportunities and much more! Log on at www.esfa.co.uk
A reminder to visit the National Football Museum at Deepdale, Preston. Schools football memorabilia is now being added to the displays.
With best wishes for a successful season.