Barton Peveril Sixth Form College Director of Sport, Luke Hampton, has become English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) Under 18 Manager.
Hampton earned the coveted role after becoming ESFA Assistant Manager in 2018. In the role, which will last two years, the Barton Peveril Director of Sport will handpick a squad of players nominated by their counties from across England, to play in the Centenary Shield competition against the other home nations.
Luke Hampton will oversee the regional trials, which take place between October and December, with the final trial taking place at Lilleshall on Sunday 11th December, where the North play the South of England.
Once selected, Hampton’s squad will play several friendlies as well as participating in a training camp at St George’s Park, England’s Training Centre, in February half term, in preparation for the Centenary Shield where the team will play: Wales at home on 3rd March; Republic of Ireland away on 24th March; Scotland away on 31st March; and Northern Ireland at home on 14th April.
“Honoured to become the ESFA Manager”
Speaking on his appointment, Luke Hampton said:
“I am delighted and honoured to become the ESFA Manager. This is a hugely important role and one steeped in history. I am excited about the next two years and hope to bring home the Centenary Shield for England after a five year wait.”
Barton Peveril Principal, Rob Temple, commented on Hampton’s success:
“We are delighted, but not surprised, by Luke’s appointment. He’s an outstanding coach (and an outstanding Director of Sport) who has always provided first class leadership for the Barton teams – which has benefited our students enormously. He fully deserves the opportunity and we are excited to see how the England team progresses under his management.”