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Footy fives take centre stage

By Laura Taylor, Mar 10 2020 05:32PM

Sixteen sides are heading to PlayFootball Birmingham next Monday March 16 for the first English Schools’ FA (ESFA) finals of the season.

The U12 Footy Fives competition will see eight boys’ and eight girls’ teams travel to the heart of the country in an attempt to be crowned national semi-finalists in their respective competitions.

In a change to the usual format, the ESFA have teamed up with The FA and EURO 2020 organisers to arrange for the national finals in both competitions to be played against the backdrop of the iconic Wembley Stadium on Friday June 12, as part of the UEFA EURO 2020 opening weekend celebrations.

Boys teams taking part are Archbishop Holgate’s, Hazel Grove High School, Thomas Telford School, Healing Academy, Abbey Park School, Poole Grammar School, Luton’s Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Acland Burghley School.

Girls finalists are St Benedict’s RC High School, St James’ Catholic High School, Sir John Talbot's Technology College, South Hunsley School, Camborne Science Academy, St Gregory the Great School, Lealands High School and Shenfield High School.

Phil Harding, ESFA chairman said “On behalf of the English Schools’ FA, I am delighted that we are able to include four of our teams to be a part of the UEFA EURO 2020 celebrations this year.

“It’s wonderful that such a huge, international event is taking place at Wembley Stadium and as such, that some of the ESFA’s competition entrants will have a special and unique opportunity to be part of something truly exciting, particularly in the warm-up to the opening ceremony. I wish all 16 teams attending the Birmingham finals the very best of luck in their endeavours.”