The North Kent College Football Academy programme for 16-18 year olds is aimed at players of all abilities wishing to develop a career in football or the football industry.
Run in partnership with professional coaches from Advanced Player Development (APD), the academy has an established boys and girls model. We play a minimum of 10 marquee matches per season against professional club academies across the country and in Europe, league matches on Wednesdays and pre-season friendlies against local, professional and non-league clubs. Guest coaches from professional clubs and specialist goalkeeping coaches attend the programme regularly and the APD Head Coaches hold the prestigious UEFA A and B Licences.
The educational scheme allows football enthusiasts to improve both their academic qualifications and level of football proficiency. The aim remains to establish a career either with a professional or non-league club or within the industry as coaches or training staff.
The College offers a number of Nationally recognised qualifications over a 1, 2 or 3 year period.
Players must be enrolled on one of the following programmes to be considered in the academy;
- Development of football skills
- Injury identification and rehabilitation
- Phases and functions of play
- Principles of team and set pieces
- Anaerobic training and plyometrics including SAQ
- Fitness testing and monitoring
8 hours of professional football coaching/theory per week from APD's UEFA qualified coaches.
Once students have completed the academic side of the programme there are a number of progression routes including;
- higher education
- coaching placements
- playing scholarships in America