Centenary Shield Kicks Off for England Tomorrow Night

Thursday 15 March 2018By ESFA Office

Last Updated:
10/02/2021 11:50:18

Both home matches will be shown live on TV via the Freesports channel and thanks to match coverage from the British Heart Foundation

The England U18 Schoolboys will be taking part in this year’s SAFIB Centenary Shield International competition, with two home matches taking place against ROI on Friday 16 March at Luton Town FC and against Scotland on Friday 23 March at York City FC.

Following on from last season’s successful online streaming of both Internationals and National Cup Finals; the ESFA has now secured televised coverage of events throughout March. Thanks to the Freesports TV channel, both home matches will be shown live on Freeview TV in the hope to promote the English Schools’ FA to a wider audience than ever before.

The coverage will be brought to screens across the country thanks to the ESFA’s charitable partners, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), who are match coverage sponsors for both England home matches this March. The partnership, now in its second year, sees the ESFA support the BHF with their ‘Nation of Lifesavers’ campaign, in which the Charity aim to distribute CPR kits and training to secondary schools and pupils across England.


The England Schoolboys, who have recently returned from a half term training camp in Valencia courtesy of ESFA sports tour sponsors, inspiresport, took part in a gruelling international trials process from October to January before being selected to represent their country in the Centenary Shield. Last season saw England become joint holders of the Shield and this year’s squad will be doing all they can to retain the title in their own right.

Coverage of both matches will start just prior to the 7pm Friday night kick offs and will bring some top quality schools’ football entertainment to the Nations’ TV screens. You can also follow @SchoolsFootball on Twitter for match and squad updates.

England v ROI

Friday 16 March

7pm KO

Luton Town FC

England v Scotland

Friday 23 March


York City FC


Freeview Ch. 95

Sky Ch. 424

Freesat Ch. 252

TalkTalk TV Ch. 95

BT Ch. 95

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