UCFB has announced a ground-breaking new partnership with the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA), the national governing body for schools’ football in England.

The agreement will result in new employability opportunities for UCFB students at the ESFA and County School FAs as well as the prospect of an ESFA bursary at UCFB.

As a Foundation Partner for Higher Education, the ESFA will also help to deliver new research opportunities for UCFB postgraduate and events students, plus rewards and recognition for volunteers with the aim of scaling up participation and engagement.

UCFB’s Chief Marketing Officer Sharona Friedman commented: “We’ve been working on formalising a link with the English Schools’ FA for some time, so it’s great that we can announce this partnership today. It means that there will be lots of added opportunities for our students with the ESFA. We are thrilled to have agreed this deal – and we’re excited about the potential benefits for the ESFA players and UCFB students.”

Andrea Chilton, CEO of ESFA, said: “The English Schools’ FA is thrilled to be entering a formal partnership with UCFB, the first higher education institution in the world dedicated to the delivery of university degrees in the football and sports industry. Our joint missions, using football as a platform for personal development, educational attainment and career progression, makes this a particularly exciting joint venture through which we aim to enhance each other’s services for the benefit of our players, students and pupils.”

Founded in 1904, the ESFA runs all national football competitions for schools and districts across the country and provides 45 national schools’ cup competitions as well as an international programme for both U-15 Girls and U-18 Boys.

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