NKC Football Academy 

16-18yr olds boys and girls academies



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.

Academic Provision 

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; 

Course content:

  • Development of football skills
  • Sports nutrition
  • Injury identification and rehabilitation
  • Weight/circuit training
  • Phases and functions of play
  • Tactics and strategies
  • Principles of team and set pieces
  • Anaerobic training and plyometrics including SAQ
  • Fitness testing and monitoring

Football Provision

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
  • employment
  • coaching placements 
  • playing scholarships in America