ESF Festivals

ESF 2020 CANCELLED – Please read below the official statement from ESF sent to all club secretaries on 7 April 2020.

It’s with great sadness and disappointment that we have to announce the cancellation of all ESF 2020 youth football festivals.

1,200 teams, 15,000 young ballers, and over 30,000 coaches, family members and supporters were set to join us on tour at ESF 2020 at Butlin’s and Haven. To be unable to deliver our promise of the ultimate weekend of football & fun to you all, is crushing.

There aren’t many things in life that are more important than football, but the health and wellbeing of you all certainly is, by a long shot. The current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) is such that, for the first time in 32 years, it simply isn’t possible for an event of the scale of ESF to go ahead.

FULL REFUNDS

Rest assured, all families who have an accommodation booking through ESF at Butlin’s and Haven, will receive a full refund, in addition to Team Registration Fees. Details of the refund process have been emailed to your Group Leader. Please note, there is no need to contact Butlin’s or Haven Directly. Although this will be challenging for us as a business, we know this is the right thing to do for our loyal customers at this time.

LOOKING AHEAD

ESF 2020 was set to be our biggest and best year to date, but that can wait. We’ll be back in 2021 and we very much hope to see you all there. All teams who had booked this year will be given an exclusive period to book for 2021, before registration opens to the general public. We will contact the Group Leaders for all teams booked for ESF 2020, as soon as this exclusive booking period is open.

We will also be extending the age groups offered at ESF 2021, so that all teams who were set to join us this year, will have the opportunity to do so next year. The provisional dates for ESF 2021 are below for your reference.

ESF 2021 PROVISIONAL CALENDAR

ESF @ HAVEN AYR (SCOTLAND)

  • 9 – 12 April 2021
  • U8 – U12 Teams

ESF @ BUTLIN’S MINEHEAD (SOMERSET)

  • 23 – 26 April 2021
  • U7 – U14 Teams & U10 – U15 Girls Teams

ESF @ BUTLIN’S SKEGNESS (LINCS)

  • 23 – 26 April 2021
  • U7 – U14 Teams & U9 – U15 Girls Teams

ESF @ BUTLIN’S BOGNOR REGIS (SUSSEX)

  • 30 April – 3 May 2021
  • U7 – U14 Teams

ESF @ BUTLIN’S SKEGNESS (LINCS)

  • 30 April  – 3 May 2021
  • U7 – U14 Teams

ESF @ HAVEN AYR (SCOTLAND)

  • 30 April  – 3 May 2021
  • U8 – U13 Teams

ESF @ BUTLIN’S BOGNOR REGIS (SUSSEX)

  • 14 – 17 May 2021
  • U7 – U14 Teams & U9 – U15 Girls Teams

ESF GRAND FINALE @ ST GEORGE’S PARK – July 2021

Win your age section at ESF 2021 at Butlin’s to qualify for the ESF Grand Finale, our Champions event, which will be staged at St George’s Park!