England schools FA

English Schools' Football Association

Schools football in England had its beginnings in the latter part of the 1900's. With the great idea of education for all brought about by the social reformers of the 20th century the realisation that exercise was good for health soon followed. There was no provision for games in the 1870 Education Act so any physical activities were introduced voluntarily by teachers outside of school hours. In 1891 when compulsory education became free there was still no directive for games to be played but physical drill, delivered by ex-military men, was part of the curriculum. Games appeared in the curriculum of elementary schools after 1896 but the major problem was the lack of pitches in the urban areas.

Early Developments

One of the most active areas in developing school sport was Birmingham where the local school board arranged for teacher training in physical exercise and also encouraged charitable bodies to provide equipment for gymnastics, cricket and football. Football was being played in schools from the early 1880's with the first cup competitions starting around 1885. There were a number of embryonic competitions starting about this time in Liverpool, Birmingham, Brierley Hill, Preston, Shadwell and South London. With the teachers in South London and Aston organising themselves into Schools' FA's, schools football was beginning to get organised.

There are numerous claims to have been the first to organise an inter district schools match but most evidence points to the game between Tower Hamlets and South London in December 1888 for the honour. Sheffield and Manchester were soon to follow and from then on the numbers throughout the country increased dramatically.

Formation of the ESFA

The initial steps to form a national association were taken at the NUT Conference in Llandudno in 1904 which resulted in a further meeting staged at the Birmingham Athletic Institute in November of 1904. Thomas P. Thomas, the founder of the ESFA, presented a letter from The Football Association to the meeting which stated;


Interesting facts:

John Lyon, born 13/2/1976 (Paisley) started his juvenile football career with Gleniffer Thistle BC (Paisley)
He signed S Form (Schoolboys) for Partick Thistle FC in September 1991, the same year he earned the first of 3 Scottish School(Under 15) FA Caps:
V Wales...

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