Reward & Recognition 2018-19

Once again, The English Schools’ Football Association, supported by the FA will be running the Reward and Recognition Awards programme in order to celebrate our volunteer network across the Country.

We truly value the work that goes into running schools’ football nationwide, with the passion of individuals often the reason that so many children and young people have a fantastic experience in the game. It is these people that we want to celebrate and therefore, we need your help to find those who have had the greatest impact.

Who do you know that goes above and beyond their call of duty? Who is it that has inspired young people? This is now your chance to nominate your local heroes for these National Awards.

Winners will receive a pair of tickets to selected England games, with a number of windows for nominations to be submitted. They are:

Window 1: 24 July – 6 August 2018

Window 2: 29 August – 14 September 2018

Window 3: 28 September – 1 October 2018

The nomination form can be found below!

ESFA Development Fund - 2018

The ESFA Development Fund has helped to create over 3,500 new teams and offered playing opportunities for over 27,000 new participants during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Over the past 2 years over 160,000 has been directly invested into the grassroots level of schools’ football.

We are pleased to announce that the application window is now open for 2018, with some new priorities and guidelines which are listed in the PDF documents that you can download below, along with the application form.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday 19th September 2018 at 5pm, with applications to be sent to either Kieren Laverick or the Development Team. Previous applicants are welcome to apply, though we will not fund the same activity previously applied for.

Good luck with your application!

Deployment of Coaches

You can find two documents below to download, which should assist schools and coaches on the safe recruitment of coaches in schools.

FA Youth Review Guides

A Youth Development Review was implemented by The FA 4/5 seasons ago, which fundamentally changed the way youth football is provided, introducing 5v5, 7v7, 9v9 formats across different age groups, adapting the competition structure to support the development of the player and to help improve players experience of the game. There was initially a lot of communication to the parents, coaches and volunteers about the changes, however, there hasn’t been anything since and it is important that we continue to communicate and raise awareness around the reasons behind the changes.

Please find below a simple, easy to use guide to download, that parents, volunteers and coaches can utilise to get a quick understanding of what youth football is now all about.


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