Applications are open for places at the Maidstone United Football Academy from September 2018.
The first recruitment evening for next year’s intake will be held on Friday 15 December.
Applicants currently in Year 11 will be invited to the Gallagher Stadium from 18:30 that evening for a brief talk on the academic and sporting elements of the programme, followed by a training session on the pitch.
The club’s academy programme is now in its sixth season and applications have consistently outstripped places. During the two-year programme, 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 is part of the academy’s coaching team, alongside Jamie Coyle (player/manager at Welling United), Tom Parkinson (first teamer at Tonbridge Angels) and Jim Bodle (former player and reserve team boss).
Helping to make you a winner
The programme of study
In addition to the BTEC Level 3 award in Sport which will give the learners 1, 2 or 3 A Level equivalence at the end of two years, the programme will also enable learners to gain:
- Qualifications in First Aid
- FA Level 1 Coaching Awards
- FA Level 2 Coaching Awards
Selection for the academy is controlled by a strict process which includes, as mentioned above, a trial with other players and as part of a training session and a formal academic interview with a panel from the team.