Jim is a qualified teacher and leads the academic aspects of the programme. Educated and trained locally, he is very committed to producing and growing talent in the hope that young players from the Academy will rise through the ranks to represent the club at the highest level. He joined Maidstone United Under 13s and played his way up, eventually representing the club in the same first team as Chris Smalling. He is a UEFA B Licence coach.
In addition to his first team manager role, Saunders joined the club’s football academy in November 2013. The UEFA B Licence holder helps to coach and manage the academy squads and gets to see first hand the emerging talent that’s ready to make the step up. Jay is an experienced midfield player who began his career at Gillingham before moving to Gravesend & Northfleet for the first of two spells at Stonebridge Road. In three periods at Hartsdown Park Jay made almost 300 appearances for Margate . He has also played for Lewes.