In Year 11? Want to swap school for the stadium next September? Apply for a place at the Maidstone United Football Academy.
Get your application in during the next few days as there is an open evening and trial at the Gallagher Stadium next Monday (19 December).
The club’s academy programme is now in its fifth season and applications have consistently outstripped places. During the two-year programme, which is provided in association with MidKent College, students have the opportunity to study a BTEC Sport at Level Two or Three, while training and playing at the home of the Stones.
First team manager Jay Saunders and player/coach Jamie Coyle are part of the academy’s coaching team, alongside Tom Parkinson (first teamer at Tonbridge Angels) and Jim Bodle (former player and reserve team boss).
Two academy squads compete in the National League Under 19 Alliance – one of the largest leagues in the country – featuring academy teams backed by professional or semi-pro clubs. Maidstone United Ambers are the current Division B champions.
Players also represent the club in the prestigious FA Youth Cup, where this season the team made the first round, losing out to Charlton Athletic on penalties.
A number of players have been called up to the first team squad, with several others dual-registered with clubs in the Isthmian and Southern Counties East leagues.
- Those who are successful at the trial will be invited along to training session during spring 2017. There will be an interview early summer and all students are expected to gain at least five GCSEs at A* to C, ideally including English and maths.