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Schools finals at Keepmoat

28 March 2017

The Keepmoat Stadium will host two ESFA cup finals on Wednesday afternoon.

This season has seen teams from across the country enter into 45 English Schools’ FA National Cup competitions to compete for the opportunity to be crowned National Champions.  As part of this extensive programme of activity, an all boys’ double header event will be hosted at the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

• ESFA U18 Schools’ Cup for Boys: Altrincham Boys’ Grammar School v Millfield School – KO 12:00 pm
• ESFA U18 Colleges’ Cup for Boys: Farnborough VI Form v York College – KO 4:00 pm

The above finalists have battled it out through eight and six rounds, respectively, to make it through to these prestigious National Finals. The event will be a celebration of top level football and pay tribute to the outstanding quality of football showcased through the ESFA and the fantastic young players developed by the schools’ football system. 

Andrea Chilton, ESFA CEO said: "I wish to congratulate all of the teams on their success in reaching the ESFA Hudl Cup National Finals. It is testament to the commitment and hard work of players and staff, with the ongoing support of their schools and colleges, that they have reached the pinnacle of these competitions. We wish all of our worthy finalists the best of luck for a successful day. We would also like to thank the staff at Doncaster Rovers FC for their support in hosting this football final on our behalf."

Alan Johnston, ESFA chairman, said: "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 112 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 behaviour, 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."

The ESFA is extremely proud to be able to provide so many young footballers in schools and colleges across England with the opportunity to showcase their ability and teamwork and compete in prestigious ESFA National Cup Competitions. This season has seen more than 6,700 teams enter at secondary school age and a further 7,000 teams participate at the primary school age group as well as opportunities for District and County representative team football.

Hospitality packages are available for all Under 18 finals and information and bookings can be made via our website, alternatively please contact sarah.kearney@schoolsfa.com for further details. The finals will be streamed live online and for free, thanks to 247.TV, and will be able to view on our YouTube channel, ESFA TV.



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