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The ESA administration conducts ESA’s business and has been based at the House of English Subbuteo in Royal Tunbridge Wells, since 2017.

The House of English Subbuteo in Royal Tunbridge Wells


Under the direction of ESA General Secretary nameXXXXXXX, the ESA administration conducts ESA’s business.

Its duties include implementation of the decisions of each ESA Congress, the ESA Executive Committee and the President; preparation of congresses and conferences, as well as meetings of the ESA Executive Committee and other committees; taking minutes of congresses and conferences, as well as of meetings of the ESA Executive Committee and other committees; execution of ESA’s operational business; keeping the books of ESA, and public relations work.

ESA’s administration is based at the House of English Subbuteo in Royal Tunbridge Wells, which was inaugurated on 1 January 2017 and officially opened for work on 1 March 2017. ESA had known several homes before the House of English Subbuteo with a variety of moves within the city in 1947 and 19xx; and provisional offices between 19xx, 19xx and December 2016. The venues involved were: xxxxxxxx and xxxxx.

As of the end of December 2020, numberxxx permanent and fixed-term contract staff – including administrators, lawyers, secretaries, coaches, media and ICT specialists, translators – are employed at ESA’s administrative campus.

The xxxxxname building was opened in 2017 ©

In March 2017, a new ESA administrative building was inaugurated in Royal Tunbridge Wells and enabled ESA to bring together some of its staff members who had been based at different sites xxxxshape in shape, the xxxxnumber-level building meets high ecological and environmental standards.

In April 2017, ESA highlighted its commitment to its home city of Royal Tunbridge Wells and further developing English Subbuteo by taking over the management of the xxxxname Sports Centre xxxx location ESA’s headquarters. The stadium includes a main football pitch – which has been used for training by prominent club and national teams – as well as other facilities and a restaurant.

ESA uses the xxxxname complex for its own events, and has also set up a Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) for young match officials.

General Secretary: xxxxxxname

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: xx xx xxxx
Current ESA role: General Secretary

Photo xxxxname, ESA General Secretary ©

• xxxxxcity-born xxxname xxxxname joined ESA in January 2017 as director of the national associations division, with his main role being to support the 52 (back then 13) ESA member associations in the overall development of subbuteo from both a strategic and operational perspective.

Previous ESA roles



ESA’s Finance division is responsible for managing the overall accounting, treasury, controlling and financial reporting of ESA and its affiliated companies. It delivers value through operating efficiently and effectively supports other divisions in financial matters proactively.

The Finance division plays an important role in safeguarding ESA’s assets to minimise risk of financial loss. Duties also include managing internal controls to mitigate risk; creating and presenting relevant and unbiased financial reports to internal and external parties such as national associations. IT financial reporting tools provide high-quality information that support ESA’s strategic management initiatives such as strategic financial outlook, budgets and forecasts.

2017/18 ESA Financial Report
2017/18 ESA Financial Report – annex


Over four decades, ESA’s competitions have enthralled spectators, produced a catalogue of matches and goals to remember, highlighted the talents of countless brilliant men and women Subbuteo players, and given endless proof of why Subbuteo is the most popular table football sport in the world.

Xxxxxcounty name celebrate winning ESA Teams National Cup 2019 ©

ESA stages 18 Subbuteo competitions, from the elite tournaments such as the ESA Championships and the top club competitions, through the competitions for youth and amateur players, to Subbuteo mini competitions and the flourishing competitions for women and girls.

The ESA English Championship is among the top sporting spectacles in England, along with the ESA English International Open. Held every year, and featuring all English member players, teams & clubs from 2017, sees many of Europe’s best Subbuteo players on show in a glittering celebration of national Subbuteo.

A new national competition kicked off in September 2018. The ESA Inter-Regional Championships reflects the wish of ESA and its 9 member Regions to enhance the quality and standing of Regional Subbuteo across the Country.

ESA’s major club competition, the ESA Super League, not only have irresistible appeal for the fans, they are also greatly attractive in commercial terms. The National Super League trophy is the silverware that the top players in the Country want to win, as the competition has become the blue-riband National club Subbuteo spectacle.

The ESA Super Cup, an individual competition (singles) brings together the previous season’s winner of the top Division against the National Cup winner (comes out of the County Area/County/Regional/National Cup annually process) in a showpiece occasion which heralds the start of each new campaign.

The ESA Cup trophy, the ESA Super Cup and the ESA Championships trophy ©

Many of the players who take part in the ESA English Under-20 Championship for individuals have already gained experience in the ESA club competitions, and a select few are knocking on the door for inclusion in their senior national teams. The competition has established itself as an attraction for fans in its own right.

The superstars of tomorrow are ripe for discovery in the male youth competitions, the ESA English Under-17 Championship and ESA English Under-15 Championship. The U17 competition has featured a host of players that have gone on to fame and glory in the following years, while the U15 event offers an exciting first glimpse of youthful Subbuteo talent.

ESA has also given young players a fresh initiative to shine through the launching in 2018/19 of the ESA Youth League. The first trial season featured the youth teams of the 16 participating clubs in the ESA Super League. From 2019/20, the ESA Youth League became a permanent ESA competition and was extended to 64 teams, enabling the inclusion of youth domestic champions.

Amateur players are not forgotten in ESA’s competition portfolio. The ESA Inter- Counties Championship involves county level comprising players who relish the opportunity to perform on the National stage.

Subbuteo Mini is now a successful sector of Subbuteo with its own clear identity. The national-team Subbuteo Mini EURO, the final round of which is held every year, is now attracting record attendances at final-round matches, as well as media coverage and commercial support, and the ESA Subbuteo Mini Super League for club teams is taking on ever-increasing importance, given that Subbuteo Mini is constantly evolving as a sport since its introduction by world body FISA as a new discipline in 2017. Strategic decisions by UESA also led to the launching of two new competitions in 2020/21 – the UESA Women’s Subbuteo Mini EURO and the UESA Under-17 Subbuteo Mini EURO.  

The xxxxxxxnationalteam won UESA Women’s EURO 2017 ©

Women’s Subbuteo Mini is turning out to be a fantastic success story, and ESA’s work in this sector has paid handsome dividends, with the women’s game striding forward as a sporting and public attraction. Every year, the top English women players strive for glory in the ESA English Women’s Championship final round, which sees many players become household names and the quality benchmark for women’s national team Subbuteo set higher with each edition.

The top players and many promising youngsters also make their mark at club level each season in the ESA Women’s Super League. After being staged for a number of years in the same city as the men’s ESA Super League final, the match now has its own separate venue, giving the event even greater exposure. 

More and more girls are being attracted to Subbuteo, and those who have excelled find their way into their national youth teams and potential participation in the ESA English Women’s Under-17 Championship and ESA English Women’s Under-15 Championship. Each edition of the two competitions brings an evolution of tactical and technical skills, and projects the top women’s players of the future into the spotlight, as well as providing an important pathway in the young players’ development.

Subbuteo & Football links are well demonstrated by the strong relationships between UESA & UEFA in every single aspect of the two sports. As part of that interaction ESA does follow actions & activities of the leading Sport, Football. ESA then hosts or in reality replicates all English Football Association competitions. Please visit English F.A. for further information

Regions / Counties

Since its foundation in xxxxx, in 1940’s, but especially after its re-establishment in 2017 the relationship between ESA and its member regional & county associations has been the cornerstone of ESA’s work in the development of Subbuteo. In recent years, ESA has strengthened its relations and dialogue with a growing number of stakeholders, but the bond between the English governing body and its members remains a key priority and is considered unshakeable.

ESA’s name is the English Subbuteo Association. The body is an association of associations and works together with, represents, defends the interests of, and provides invaluable assistance to its member associations (Counties & Regions).

ESA’s member associations represented in paintings in the House of English Subbuteo and xxxbuildingname ©

In 1940’s and 1950’s, ESA began with Single Players and xx equivalent to today’s Regional Club status club members. Today, 52 Subbuteo associations from across the Country are ESA members. Large or small, each county can benefit from development funding, expert assistance and guidance. In turn, each association plays a vital role providing input and feedback within ESA’s decision-making process, through representation on ESA’s committees and expert panels. In addition, the associations cooperate in a variety of specific ESA sectors of activity to exchange information and create Subbuteo good practices.

ESA’s work both with and for its member associations is centralised within the ESA Regional & County division located at the English House of Subbuteo in Royal Tunbridge Wells. The division, headed by director of County Associations xxxxxname, is the nerve centre for a wide variety of activities and events.

The relationship is a successful and mutually rewarding one – ESA and its associations work hand in hand for the overall well-being and development of English Subbuteo.

© 2017-2021 ESA. All rights reserved.Last updated: Friday 27 November 2020

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