Issue 9 June 2017

The ESFA’s Annual General Meeting is due to take place on Saturday 25th November 2017 at the Beacon Centre in Stafford. The indicative agenda is as follows, but to be confirmed:

Please hold the date in your diary: we will seek confirmation of attendance when formal papers are issued.


Following his appointment to the ESFA’s graduate internship vacancy in September 2016, Ben Brookes has been acting in a voluntary capacity as a National Competitions Co-ordinator, supporting the National Competitions Department to deliver another outstanding season of football. Leading on the Under 12 Impact Trophies Football Fives and the Regional U18 Leagues as well as undertaking Competitions Secretary duties for the B Team Cup and Small Schools’ Cup competitions at various age groups.

Ben also used his excellent communication skills to write match reports for national finals, a task which required a good command of the English language as well as an inherent passion for football.

Commenting on his time at the ESFA, Ben said, “It has been both a pleasure and an immense privilege to be part of the English Schools’ FA for the last season. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with the Association for providing me with the chance to gain some practical experience in the field of Football Administration and the inner workings of a National Governing Body at the same time. In particular, there are a couple of groups of people that I would like to thank especially. Firstly, it was abundantly clear from my time here that there are a number of very passionate people involved at the sharp end of delivering schools’ football whether that be in the capacity of a P.E. teacher, Referee or a County Administrator for example; without your contribution school’s football, both in your respective regions and nationally would suffer greatly so I would like to place my appreciation on record to these individuals for making my job easier, it really does make a difference. Secondly, I would like to thank everyone at the English Schools’ FA Headquarters and Council for giving me the opportunity to grow as a person and allowing me to work in such an enjoyable environment to contribute to. Lastly, I would like wish everyone the very best of luck for the future.”

Ben leaves the Association on 30th June, following the successful conclusion of his internship. We thank Ben for all of his hard work, his diligence and his customer service in his time with us and wish him every success in future.


Since the May edition of MM, the majority of the remaining national finals have been completed.

On 29th April, the Ricoh Arena hosted the U16 and U18 boys’ Inter County Trophy finals. In the U16 age group, Staffordshire were victorious over Greater Manchester, winning 4-2 on penalties. The U18 match was also undecided at full time, with Essex ultimately defeating Durham by 2 goals to 1 after extra time. The Chairman of the Association was magnanimous in defeat when awarding the trophy!

A few days later, at Birmingham City, 6 matches were contested over three days, despite the stoppage of play on one of these days, due to poor visibility arising from a fire next to the ground.

On 4th May, Kent and Berkshire County Schools’ FAs contested the PlayStation U14 Inter County Trophy for boys, with Kent emerging victorious by 4-0. The PlayStation u15 Inter Association Trophy was won by Wirral SFA (Merseyside SFA) who defeated Swansea SFA by a narrow 2-1. The following week, on 9th May, the PlayStation U15 School Cup for B teams was won by Cardinal Heenan Catholic Sports College (Liverpool), who needed extra time to defeat Thomas Tallis School (Blackheath) 4-2. On the same day, Derbyshire County Schools’ FA were victorious in the U16 Inter County Girls’ Trophy, beating Sussex 2-0. The final day at Birmingham City (11th May) saw North Kent and Newcastle upon Tyne SFAs contest the PlayStation U13 Inter Association Trophy, with Newcastle enjoying a 2-1 victory. On the same day, Kent CSFA were crowned national champions of the PlayStation U14 Inter County Girls competition, following their 2-0 defeat of Lancashire.

Onward thereafter to Derby County for the 15 scheduled PlayStation Schools’ Cups. The National Competitions Department hosted a packed three days which included professional player appearances, a best mascot competition, the “decibel-ometer” to identify the loudest spectators and the cross-bar challenge. The weather eventually defeated us with the final two matches of the event being cancelled due to rain: more on those later on. In the meantime, fixtures and results were:

The Danone Nations Cup Finals, this year hosted at Stoke City, saw 32 entrants play through knock out rounds to reach the final on the day. Results were as follows:

All that now remain, once the PlayStation U14 Schools’ Cup for Girls is rescheduled, are the U11 District Finals which are scheduled for 10th June at Derby County’s Academy, then the two U12 9 a side finals, which will conclude the national finals programme for this season.

20th May also saw the conclusion of both the PlayStation U14 and U15 Schools’ Cups for Boys hosted by Everton FC at Goodison Park. In the U14 contest, Beths Grammar School (North Kent) were crowned national champions following their 5-1 defeat of St Francis Xavier’s College (Liverpool). St Francis Xavier’s had better fortunes in the U15 age group, emerging victorious after a penalty shootout gave them the title, with a 5-4 final score.


The ESFA will open the affiliation window during the week commencing Monday 19 June and will circulate an email to prompt association secretaries to login and register. In the meantime, we advise you of this important information that you will require at the time of completing your online affiliation application.

Welfare Officers: If your Association is running representative team(s) then the Association must have a fully compliant Welfare Officer in place. Associations must ensure that all information is accurate and up-to-date. Please, check all your Welfare Officer and staff details carefully.

Your Welfare Officer must have:

Your affiliation will be refused until you have an FA compliant Welfare Officer for your Rep teams.

Registration of Representative Team Staff: It is very important that we know who is coaching and managing teams for your Association and that they are FA CRC checked and have had appropriate safeguarding training. Therefore, all staff will need to be registered on our online database:

The dates of CRCs will now be visible on the ESFA Portal and the system will flag up when a CRC needs to be renewed, 6 months prior to the date of renewal.

We appreciate that these are "more changes" but we feel we will now have in place a system that will enable the ESFA to move forward with confidence in terms of safeguarding, and ensuring that all the necessary checks and training are undertaken.

We thank you for the support you have given us; for the work that you have done and continue to do within your Associations and assure you that we will continue to give you all the support that we can - we are only a phone call or an email away. If you have any welfare related enquiries, please contact Sarah DaCosta ( (M) 07960 500723) or Martin Duffield ( (M) 07852 276416 or (T) 01384 242526).


Read the fascinating insights provided by our current U18 boys’ team manager and our former U15 girls’ team manager following their interviews with Andy Williams, Council Member, North:

Share the celebration of success with Aiden Stone, U18 goalkeeper, as he reflects on how his English Schoolboys’ career has contributed to him signing his first professional contract