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ESFA U18 finals come to Highbury Stadium

30 March 2015

The Club are delighted to be holding the event this year

The ESFA are thrilled to be able to provide young footballers in English schools the opportunity to compete in our four, prestigious Under 18 National Cup competitions, which have seen over 700 teams enter to be in with a chance of becoming this season’s National Champions!

This season has seen teams from across the country enter the U18 competitions for both Boys’ and Girls’ Schools’ and Colleges’. West Herts College of Warford and Gateshead College of Gateshead are the two remaining teams in the Girls’ Under 18 Colleges’ Cup and Monkseaton High School of North Tyneside and Barking Abbey School of Barking are the two remaining teams in the Boys’ Under 18 Schools’ cup. These four teams now prepare to play for to become the National Champions of the respective competitions at Fleetwood Town’s Highbury Stadium on Tuesday 31 March 2015.

•    ESFA Girls’ Under 18 Colleges’ KO 14:00
•    ESFA Boys’ Under 18 Schools’ KO 18:00

The Boys’ and Girls’ teams have battled it out through 9 and 5 rounds, respectively to make it through to these prestigious National Finals. Previous rounds have been played on local grounds with the teams playing through all kinds of weather to secure their places in the finals.

Mike Spinks, ESFA Chairman said on the competitions and forthcoming finals; ‘Both teams have done fantastically well to have reached this National Final, which is one of 41 that my colleagues in the ESFA Office are arranging this season. Even to reach a National Final is a tremendous achievement in itself. The quality of the experience the players will have in this match will be a memory that they will retain for the rest of their lives. The ESFA have been running schools’ football for 110 years. I hope these finals will be able to portray the importance of this legacy. Schools’ football is a unique experience for the thousands of schoolchildren who enjoy it every year and the principles of sportsmanship, good behavior, respect for officials and opponents are cornerstones of our philosophy. I hope everyone can feel a great sense of pride in what they and their team have achieved this season’

To support these deserving schools in their final round of this prestigious competition, all information regarding the finalists is available online via the ESFA website ( and through the ESFA Twitter account (@SchoolsFootball).

We are very proud to be in the privileged position of running these outstanding competitions, allowing young footballers to showcase their skills and work as a team towards becoming National Champions! We would also like to thank the staff at Fleetwood Town for their support in hosting this final on our behalf.

The ESFA wish the best of luck to all competing teams at The Highbury Stadium this season!

Match Tickets for both finals are available on the day at Main Entrance £4 Adults £2 U16’s.

For more information on all ESFA fixtures, you can visit our website or follow us on Twitter @SchoolsFootball

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