Season 2022/23: Trials

Click here to register your child for the 2022/23 trials.

About Erdington and Saltley and District Football 

Birmingham is England’s biggest education authority. There are over 350 schools in England’s Second City and for footballing purposes, these schools are divided into seven districts. These districts are:

  1. Erdington and Saltley
  2. Aston
  3. East Birmingham
  4. Harborne
  5. Kings Norton
  6. South Birmingham
  7. Sutton Coldfield

There are 49 primary schools in Erdington and Saltley spread across the following areas:

  • Alum Rock
  • Bromford
  • Erdington
  • Hodge Hill
  • Nechells
  • Saltley
  • Shard End
  • Stechford
  • Stockland Green
  • Tyburn
  • Washwood Heath

Each year, these 49 schools are asked to nominate players to attend trials for the district team – the best footballers, playing with the best and against the best.

Our schools are:

Abbey
Adderley
Audley
Birches Green
Brookvale
Brownmead
Coleborne
Corpus Christi
Court Farm
Cromwell
Erdington Hall
Featherstone
Firs
Gunter
Harper Bell
Hawthorn
Heathlands
Highfield
Hillstone
Hodge Hill
King Solomon
Lea Forest
Leigh
Marsh Hill
Nansen
Nechells
Oasis Short Heath.
Osborne
Oval
Paget
Parkfield
Rosary
Shaw Hill
Shirestone
St. Barnabas
St. Clements
St. Josephs B7
St. Margret Mary
St. Mary & St. John
St. Matthews
St. Peter & Paul
St. Saviours
St. Wilfreds
Slade
Story Wood
Thornton
Ward End
Yenton
Washwood Heath

District players continue to represent their weekend team or academy side. District football games take place on Saturday mornings for boys and Saturday evenings for girls.

An illustrious list of players have represented the district over the years with many going on to ply their trade in the professional arena, including the following:

Gabriel Agbonlahor – Aston Villa and England

Darren Byfield – Aston Villa and Jamaica

Julian Dicks – Birmingham City, West Ham and England U21

Ian Taylor – Aston Villa

Gary Shaw – Aston Villa, England U21, PFA Player of the Year 1981, European Cup Winner 1982

Darius Vassell – Aston Villa, Manchester City and England

Barry Bannan – Aston Villa and Scotland

2022/23 District Trials

Parents are also asked to consider the following conditions before confirming the trial offer:

Please follow the link below to complete the trial nomination process for the Erdington and Saltley district trials. The nomination window closes in May 2022.

  • Due to the high volume of trialists across our entire squad range, we will not be able to provide individualised feedback after the trial;
  • ESPSFA will endeavor to communicate trial outcomes as soon as possible upon the completion of trials but decisions may to take up to 2/3 weeks in some cases;
  • If your son or daughter is currently in one of the 2021/22 squads, they will still need to register for the trials;
  • All successful trialists must be committed to the ESPSFA training and games programme – do not register your son for the trials, only to withdraw from the team before the end of the summer holidays!
  • All parents must be respectful towards all district coaches, players and officials. The coaches are volunteers and the players are children.

The date, time and venue of the trials: 

Boys’ Trials:

Saturday 28th May – Boys currently in year 5

Castle Vale Stadium, Castle Vale Stadium, Farnborough Road, Birmingham, B35 7LQ

Arrive 8:15am
Start 8:30am
Finish 10:00am

Saturday 4th June – Boys currently in year 3 or 4

Castle Vale Stadium, Castle Vale Stadium, Farnborough Road, Birmingham, B35 7LQ

Arrive 8:15am
Start 8:30am
Finish 10:00am

Saturday 11th June – ​Invite only; boys who are selected from the trials on Saturday 28th May and Saturday 4th June

Boys who attend the trials must:

  • arrive 15 mins before their trial starts
  • wear suitable clothing for playing football
  • wear football boots and shin pads
  • bring a drink of water
  • bring two t-shirts with them – a black t-shirt and a white-t-shirt

Parents who attend the trials must:

  • supervise children during trials – they must NOT leave their child and ‘pop to the shops’
  • not shout throughout the trials
  • not be aggressive and rude
  • sit back, relax and enjoy the trial

IF YOUR SON HAS BEEN PART OF A DISTRICT SQUAD THIS SEASON, HE SHOULD ATTEND THE INVITATION TRIAL ON SATURDAY 11TH JUNE.

Girls’ Trials

  • Further details to follow
  • Trials likely to be staged in July
  • Please continue to check the BPSFA website and Twitter page for updates

 

Click here to register your child for the 2022/23 trials.