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Durham are drawn at home to either Greater Manchester or Merseyside in the quarter-final of the national competition.


The next meeting of DCSFA will held on Tuesday 13 December in County Hall, Durham commencing 6.30pm


  • U14 Girls: ESFA Rd 2 v Cleveland on Wednesday 7 December at Northfield School, Billingham ko 5pm
  • U16 Girls, U16 Boys and U18s v South Yorkshire on Saturday 10 December at Balby Carr Sports College, Doncaster ko 11.15am
  • U16 Girls: Durham v Cleveland on Wednesday 21 December at Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Durham ko 6.15pm TBC


We are sure you are aware of the serious information which continues to come to light regarding child abuse in football, and FA Chairman Greg Clarke has written an open letter which is attached to this email.

Everyone at ESFA is appalled by the horrific abuse suffered by former footballers and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. In his letter, Greg Clarke asks everyone in football to offer support to anyone who needs it and to encourage anyone with information to contact the Police, The FA or NSPCC.

In your role with a Schools’ Football Association, you may receive enquiries from concerned parents or players and we wanted to offer our reassurance and support to you and your Association. If anybody contacts you about these allegations, please feel free to give them the number of our National Welfare Officer Sarah DaCosta (07960 500723) and also remind them of the safeguards we have in place in schools’ football. An approved press release is also provided for your use should you receive any media enquiries.

The FA has set up a helpline in conjunction with the NSPCC and you can also give them the Childline contact number. We suggest also sharing these numbers on your Association website and social media.

  • NSPCC 24-hour helpline 08000 232 642
  • Childline 0800 1111

Schools’ football has implemented robust safeguarding procedures and we would like to remind you that:

Nobody must be coaching in your Association unless they have an accepted FA Enhanced Criminal Record Check (DBS) in place. You and your committee are responsible for this

Every coach involved in your Association must be registered and attached to a team on the ESFA portal

If a coach is a practising teacher or education services employee and receives regular safeguarding training through their employers, this must be kept up to date. All other coaches must attend the FA’s Safeguarding Workshop which must be renewed every 3 years. This can be renewed online here:

This is an ESFA policy and Associations may face suspension if they are using coaches who have not had the required training and criminal record checks.

Safeguarding Children is a priority for ESFA and we want to make sure everybody knows how to report a concern and who to report it to. It is very important that everybody in your Association knows who the Welfare Officer is and how to get in touch with them. Remember, a DBS check and attending a Safeguarding Workshop form part of the safeguarding process but we must all continue to be vigilant and report anything unacceptable or which causes concern; doing nothing is not an option.

A reminder that all ESFA policies in this regard can be found on the website at:

Finally, we want to thank you for your hard work and support and to keep football safe across ESFA. The work you do is invaluable and your time and commitment are appreciated by all of us at ESFA and in your Association.

Any questions, please contact either of the ESFA National Welfare Officers- Martin Duffield (07852 276 416 or Sarah DaCosta (07960 500 723

Letter from FA Chairman Greg Clarke which was sent to all clubs.


Further to references at the ESFA AGM and in the November “Membership Matters”, ESFA have sent out details of the Development Fund, which opens for bidding on Thursday 1 December 2016. The closing date for applications is Monday 9 January 2017. For more details regarding the fund please use the following link. ESFA DEVELOPMENT FUND


  • U18s Durham 5 North Yorkshire 1
  • U18s ESFA Rd 2: Durham v Cumbria -- Cumbria conceded tie
  • U16 Boys ESFA Rd 2 Durham 2 North Yorkshire 3


The County Finals of the boys and girls competitions will be held at the Louisa Centre, Stanley from 1pm until 4pm.

  • Boys: Wednesday 11 January 2017
  • Girls: Wednesday 18 January 2017


Jasmine McQuade (St Bede's RC, Peterlee) and Sharna Wilkinson (Harton College of Technology) have been selected to represent the ESFA North Region against the ESFA South Region in the final trial for the U15 girls international team. The final trial will take place at Stafford Town FC on Sunday 11 December ko 2pm.

Iain MacLeod (Gateshead College) and Kieran Stoker (Sunderland College) have been selected into the list of 32 players to attend the trials for the ESFA U18 squad from 6-8 January 2017 at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall.


ESFA Danone Schools' Cup for Girls: The County Final of this competition will take place on Thursday 8 December at the Riverside Leisure Complex, Chester-le-Street (4pm-5pm).

Darlington and North Tyneside progressed into the quarter finals of the Derwent & Medomsley Cup. The two other matches that were due to be played were postponed because of frozen pitches.

In the group section of the Harrison Cup, before the split, Darlington have opened a gap at the top. All other teams are still in contention for a place in the top five.

The Tony Carter Memorial Trophy will be held on Saturday 10 December at the Academy of Light commencing 10am. Association teams taking part are Chester-le-Street, Darlington, Durham City, Sunderland and Washington. The winner of this competition will progress into the North Region round of the ESFA Danone Primary Inter-association 7-a-side Trophy.

Sacriston St Bede's RC, entering the Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup for the first time, were winners due to an excellent victory in the last round of matches after the previous two blocks of matches had ended all square.

Easington Colliery Primary School, for the third time in 4 seasons, were the 2016-17 winners of the Daniel O'Hare Memorial Trophy.

Chester-le-Street PSFA, Darlington PSFA, Stockton PSFA and Sunderland PSFA participated for the Peter Dunn Trophy , which was held at Education Village, Darlington. The 4 team event ended with victory for Chester-le-Street.


Matches scheduled to be played, weather permitting, before the Christmas break are:

  • U16 Girls: Northumberland v Cumbria (Dec 10); South Yorkshire v Durham (Dec 10); Lancashire v Merseyside (Dec 15); Durham v Cleveland (Dec 21)
  • U16 Boys: Merseyside v Cheshire (Dec 6); Northumberland v Cumbria (Dec 10); South Yorkshire v Durham (Dec 10); Cheshire v Greater Manchester (Dec 13); Merseyside v West Yorkshire (Dec 13)
  • U18s: Northumberland v Cumbria (Dec 10); South Yorkshire v Durham (Dec 10)


I trust that the recent bout of inclement weather, worse in some parts of the country, hasn’t hindered the progress of planned football activities where you are and hope that the general forecast of some ‘improving’ weather conditions will enable a November football ‘business as usual’?

Premier League Grant to support Under 11 District representative football

Shortly, details of the decision of the appointed panel, to consider the 143 applications for grant funding, will be announced. Successful applicants will receive a share of the potential £100,000 Premier League funding.

Sponsorship hints

I do hope you found the sponsorship hints from Council (published recently in Membership Matters) useful. Thanks to those Council colleagues for their ideas. Additional fundraising ideas can be obtained from ESFA HQ.

Honorary Life Membership

I was delighted recently to present Sue Gifford, ESFA International Administrator, with an Honorary Life membership Award at the ESFA Office in Stafford. Sue began working for ESFA in 1991 and has been responsible for the outstandingly successful International team arrangements over the years, as well as being PA for Malcolm Berry and John Read during this time. Congratulations Sue.

FA Chairman’s visit

The FA Chairman, Greg Clarke, visited the ESFA office in Stafford on 25th November. He heard about our successful national competitions programme and our international team, and received a presentation on district football, illustrating the impact it can have when resourced properly. We also shared our recent progress with governance reforms and how we are increasing the participation of girls in schools’ football. We drew out for Mr Clarke some of our challenges, particularly in supporting representative football, and reminded him that, as a national body, we could do much more to encourage participation in football with additional resources. Mr Clarke concluded his visit by stating he was impressed with our work and wished us a successful season.

BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award 2016

Georgia Stanway, former ESFA England Schoolgirl and England under 17player, has been nominated by the ESFA for this prestigious award and I am delighted to inform you that she has been shortlisted for consideration. I’m sure you will join me in congratulating her and like me, hope she is successful when the final decision is revealed. Further information can be found on both the BBC Sports Personality web page and on the ESFA website at:

Under 15 and under 18 International Trials

My thanks go out to Regional Organisers for their work in arranging preliminary trials in the lead up to the final International boys and girls squad selection. I would like to particularly thank Inspiresport, not only for their continued support throughout the whole trial process but especially for their efforts in arranging the recent North v Midlands Boys’ trial following severe weather conditions, at the last moment.

A selected group of 32 boys will attend a coaching/training/selection weekend at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in early January 2017 from which a final group of 16 boys will be invited back, later in the month, for final preparation prior to the start of the International Programme.

The final under 15 Girls’ trial will take place on Sunday 11th December 2016 at Stafford Town FC with a 2pm KO. Details of selected players can be found in the “news” section of the ESFA website.

SLA and County Action Plans

I am pleased to announce that all 44 Counties have Action Plans in place. A revised SLA is also in place. Andy Weston and Kieran Laverick will be in touch in the New Year to arrange review meetings.


Mike Spinks recently organised the inaugural SAFIB U14 Schools Cup for Girls. The festival took place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre between Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 October.

The ESFA had nominated 2 teams, their U13 Champions (St Ivo from Huntingdon) and U13 runners-up (Thomas Telford School) from last season to compete in the tournament. They were joined by the Republic of Ireland School Champions (Ursuline College Sligo) and the Welsh Schools Champions (Ysgol Dyffryn from Ammanford) making a 4 team tournament played over the 3 days.

The tournament began under floodlights on the Thursday evening with convincing wins for St Ivo against the Welsh Champions and for the Irish against Thomas Telford. Friday saw the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster so, after Mike had explained to the teams exactly what had happened on 21 October 1966, all 4 teams impeccably observed a minute’s silence as a mark of their respect. In two extremely close encounters Thomas Telford edged out the Welsh 3-2 and St Ivo just pipped the Irish 1-0 in a tremendously skilful and enjoyable match.

The festival concluded on the Saturday morning and resulted in St Ivo being crowned the British Isles Champions with the Irish as the runners-up.

The latest on dates for friendly international fixtures can be found at

SAFIB Winter meeting – Valencia, Spain

The SAFIB Winter Meeting will take place in Valencia over the weekend of Saturday 14 January and Sunday 15 January 2017. The ESFA will be represented by myself as Chairman and Owen as Vice-Chairman along with David Ebberson from the office. The weekend is being supported by Inspiresport who have arranged it in conjunction with Valencia Football Club.



£100,000 of the FA grant to the ESFA has been allocated to our new development fund. Designed to support new activity, as per The FA’s funding criteria, the development pot will be open for bidding by the end of the month. Watch out for news on the ESFA website and for the notification of the bidding details via email.


For those of you applying for funding from the Premier League’s grant to support U11 District representative teams, you can expect to hear from us before the end of November. The panel appointed to consider the applications sits on 15th November where the 143 applications received will be considered. Successful applicants will benefit from a share of the £100,000 grant provided to us by the Premier League Community Fund. We remain grateful for their support.


The English Schools Football Association is proud to announce a new partnership with Mark Harrod Limited, who are now our Official Goalpost Supplier.

Mark Harrod Limited is one the leading suppliers of sports products in the UK. They have been manufacturing and supplying sports equipment from their base in Staffordshire for over 12 years.

The team at Mark Harrod offer an extensive range of equipment for many sports and this week have formed a new partnership with the English Schools FA in order for them to become the ESFA’s Official Goalpost Supplier.

Their product range can be viewed via or call to order a copy of the 136 page catalogue.

For Associations affiliated to the English Schools Football Association many of the products from Mark Harrod Limited are available to purchase at a discount rate of 10% off the normal price when booked with installation. The expert sales team can give you more information on the products and services available on this scheme.

As well as manufacturing, supplying and installing the equipment, the team offers maintenance and servicing support for its customers to help them ensure that their equipment remains safe in use for years to come.

Mark Harrod Limited is a member of the Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA). As a member of SAPCA they are fully versed in all aspects of sports equipment quality. For a business to become a member of SAPCA they go through a rigorous admission process that ensures they meet all the necessary criteria in terms of experience, financial status, standards of construction and quality of workmanship.

If you would like more information about products, please call Mark Harrod Ltd's expert team on 01502 710 039 to discuss your equipment needs. Alternatively, click use


Pendle Sportswear are thrilled to be the official kit suppliers to the ESFA and are delighted to offer county and district schools’ FAs with the opportunity to purchase great quality kits through their own Online County Shop.

The ESFA & Pendle would therefore like to invite county schools’ FAs nationwide to set up a FREE online shop with the benefit of easy and affordable kit ordering for all the country and district representative teams.

Benefits include:

  • 1 x FREE printed team kit including 15 shirts, shorts and socks
  • Discount on kits and equipment purchased through the Online Shop
  • Express 48-hour despatch on all printed garments.
  • Simple and easy ordering system
  • 20% discount on the ESFA Online shop
  • Opportunities to receive 15 free tickets to England Schoolboys’ or girls’ matches.

Interested? Why not contact Pendle to find out more at or call 01943 601 938


“Find out if any of your players' parents work in a bank - ask if they have match funding schemes. These are often up to £1000 for your fundraising events (one application per year per employee; if there is more than one employee… £££!)”

Andy Williams, Council Member - North

“Gloucester Schools have prepared a sponsorship menu and sent it to businesses that trade with local schools. We have a kit deal done with a company that provides Education Welfare Officers and have keen interest from a supply agency and a company who advise on teacher pensions. All said they felt their business would benefit from having their names in schools without cold calling or blind emailing. Give it a try!”

Mike Coyne, Council Member – South West

“Don’t be afraid of charging admission fees for competition finals, especially if the match is at a decent venue. Include a programme in the admission charge. Adding £1 to the charge and donating it local charity partner (eg a local hospice) can encourage people to pay”

Phil Harding, Council Member – South East

“We found in Berks many years ago that car dealers were keen to talk to you when they understood that the sponsorship was for U18s. Locally big trading estates have a central office for administration and they might point the way to receptive companies.”

Stuart Inger, Council member – South West

“Raise funding by shopping online – check”

Andy Williams, Council Member - North

“Many parents have a link with a local business, and in some cases the PTA or alumni association of a school will assist. Local Authorities often have funding available to support young people with their sporting activities. Sponsors can be acknowledged in match programmes and / or on a county’s website”

Phil Harding, Council Member – South East

“Keep in touch with your players as they move on. We have had great success in attracting Patrons in addition to sponsors in the more traditional sense. They are almost always ex-county schools’ players who have gone on to be successful in business and are happy to give back to the association they benefited so much from.”

Mark Hignett, Council Member - Midlands

“Parents and their companies/employers may contribute if asked!”

John Martin, Council Member – South West

“Encourage the team to fundraise as part of a kit sponsorship scheme, whereby County players seek cash sponsorship for their own kit. Where successful this not only contributes to the cost of providing a playing kit, at the end of the season, the kit remains the property of the player – a memento of their season playing county football.”

Phil Harding, Council Member – South East

“We use former schoolboy players from our county who are now high profile professional players. These people do not contribute financially but do endorse what we offer as well as appearing at events for us. At these events they may spend time with sponsors and patrons (which keeps them happy) and also provide invaluable photo opportunities for press use thus making us more appealing to other potential sponsors and patrons.”

Mark Hignett, Council Member - Midlands


Thanks to the ESFA’s partnership with ClubApp, the ability for County and District teams to promote their fixtures online via the App and Twitter is now more accessible than ever!

ClubApp is a dedicated App where teams can generate Teamsheets and Live Updates while automatically promoting games on Twitter and other Social Media channels. Once set up, All your social channels are in one place on your ‘Club Profile’ page for ease of access for students, followers, friends and family.

As an ESFA Member, you are entitled to a discounted rate for ClubApp Premium and many District Teams are already signed up and ready to go for this season. ClubApp provides a fantastic way of allowing supporters of local teams to stay up to date with fixtures and proves a great way to support match reports, which can be submitted to the ESFA for publishing online.

For further information follow @ClubApp on Twitter, visit or contact and live support chat is also available inside the App, which is free to download on iOS and Android!


A reminder that our website has some fundraising ideas – follow the link to find the details.

Are you near a Moto service station? If so, you may be eligible for to benefit from their charitable aims.

Your local County Sports Partnership websites offer advice and guidance on funding at local and national level. To find your local CSP, access the following website and click on your County.

Sport England’s fundraising pages, whilst looking like they are only for clubs, contain ideas which are applicable for us.

See if The FA’s ideas can help.


We are delighted to announce that we have developed a Fixture Hub for associations to utilise for arranging representative team fixtures against other Schools’ FAs across England.

The hub can be accessed by logging into your association’s account via and can be used for the following:

Fixture advertising: Associations can advertise available dates for hosting / travelling to fixtures for representative teams at various age groups. This availability can be searched by other associations and filtered by mileage parameters.

Fixture booking: When a fixture has been agreed, it can be booked as arranged on the fixture hub and the fixture availability is no longer advertised to other associations.

Result reporting: Once the game is played, the final score can be entered.

Welfare: The hub will only show fixtures from associations that have team managers and a compliant welfare officer which have been approved by the ESFA National Welfare Officer.


The National Football Museum is the home of football’s greatest stories. But you’ll find far more than a history lesson at the Manchester attraction. You could find yourself in a penalty shootout, doing some skilful showboating, or commentating on Cup magic.

There are 4 floors of football history to explore across the museum’s iconic city-centre building. Enter the Hall of Fame, where football’s greatest legends are celebrated, and be like those heroes by getting your hands-on football’s most famous pieces of silverware. Get your cameras ready!

Head upstairs to find historic objects from the world of football. The first set of Association rules and an England shirt (well, sweater) from the first ever international match are among the unique things you can see from the game’s early history. Elsewhere you’ll find everything from the shirt worn by the man with the Hand of God to a statue of a pop star which stood outside a ground. And there’s plenty to watch; Monty Python and The IT Crowd have their say on football and our own film, Our Beautiful Game is an immersive cinema experience guaranteed to make you fall (back) in love with football.

On Level 2 you find our Football Plus+ challenges: penalties, passing, one-twos, shot-stopping and freestyle skills are all put to the test. Alongside you’ll see the rules, tactics and kit used over the last 150 years.

The 1966 World Cup Exhibition is on Level 3 of the museum until April 2017. 50 years since England hosted (and of course won) the World Cup, this is your chance to see the Jules Rimet Trophy still gleaming. Find out about what it was like to live, work, watch and play during England’s finest hour.

Head to to play a visit now.

General museum overview.

30 second clip of 1966 exhibition.


The English Schools’ FA is proud to announce that this year’s Chairman’s Charity for the Association is to be the British Heart Foundation.

Alan Johnston, 2016-17 Chairman, chose the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for our support due to the positive impact the use of pacemakers and defibrillators have had on his own family during recent years. Alan said “Whilst the fitting of pacemakers and use of defibrillators are now common procedure, myself and my family feel there is still much to do in really understanding heart disease, not just in the elderly but in general too”.

The ESFA plan to support the British Heart Foundation this season to help raise awareness, particularly within secondary schools, about heart disease and how it affects people both young and old. We aim to do this in a variety of ways.

As well as offering Secondary schools the opportunity to apply for CPR training kits (worth over £1000 in value) via this link (, we would also like to encourage schools, counties and districts to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation by taking part in fun activities. Furthermore, we would also like to hear any stories from the Schools’ Football community, which help to deliver the message that heart disease doesn’t just affect the elderly – if you have anything you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to being able to share and promote the valuable information and skills provided by the British Heart Foundation with you this season – with your help, the ESFA can not only raise awareness, but potentially help save lives.



Durham move into second position


Durham knocked out of national competition


Durham denied a point after conceding a late goal


Durham progress into Round 2


Durham suffer defeat


Durham's hopefuls


St Bede’s RC win in style


Easington Colliery continue their success in this competition

Five first half goals earn Durham an opening win

Off to a good start

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