Premier League schools competitions

Children from 4,333 schools have participated in major national competitions organised and funded by the Premier League this season.

The Premier League runs five national football tournaments for schools, giving pupils the chance to experience positive competition. These included The Premier League Schools Tournament and The Premier League Schools Cup.

The Premier League Schools Tournament

At White Hart Lane on 21 May 2015, 320 youngsters from 40 schools, who had come through tough qualifying tournaments with their clubs, represented the 20 Barclays Premier League clubs in U11 mixed and U13 girls' categories. This was an outstanding achievement for those involved, as the qualifying tournaments had involved over 12,000 young people.

You also see them helping each other out in lessons. It goes beyond the football.Ian Bruce, PE teacher

Ian Bruce, a PE teacher at Stoke Newington School, spoke after his U13 girls’ team, representing Arsenal, had emerged as champions of the 2015 Premier League Schools Tournament. Bruce summed up how over the last ten years, the Schools Tournament has given thousands of youngsters the unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of their heroes.

“This tournament teaches them so much about teamwork,” Bruce said. “In our squad there are players from different year groups and they bond and work hard for each other in all aspects. All the hard work they put in during training and on the pitch, you also see them helping each other out in lessons. It goes beyond the football.”

Girls in Arsenal Schools team
Manchester City Women at International women's day celebrations

Participation in the U13 girls’ tournament saw a 38% increase this season, showing the importance of providing a competitive matches in schools’ football.

Manchester City is just one example of a club putting significant effort and investment into girls’s football, with City in the Community organising their a local tournament for over 300 girls (from 29 local schools) at the prestigious City Football Academy on International Women’s Day.

Being able to show young women that there are opportunities for them to be involved in football both on and off the pitch is really important.Hannah Steele, City in the Community

As Hannah Steele, City in the Community’s Women and Girls Co-ordinator explained:

“Manchester City are very passionate about creating solid pathways for girls to get into football and to have positive role models like our women’s team at the City Football Academy is a real boost for participants. Being able to show young women that there are opportunities for them to be involved in football both on and off the pitch is really important across the board at City.”

Hannah Steele, City in the Community’s Women and Girls Coordinator

The Premier League Schools Cup

The Premier League also works with the English Schools Football Association (ESFA) to host three prestigious U16 Premier League Schools Cup competitions which were entered by over 1,000 schools last season. Six teams competed in the final day of the U16 Premier League Schools Cup competitions at Birmingham City’s St Andrew's stadium.

Players at Schools Tournament
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