17/09/12 The Local Football Cub And MidKent College Enter Into Partnership

Maidstone United Academy 2012
Academy team photo 2012/13

There's a new campus in the county town, Maidstone now has a fifty student Football Academy. MidKent College teamed up with MUFC to offer budding football players sport and studies based at the £2.6m Gallagher Stadium. The facility has all year round training and coaching facilities as well as three classrooms for the academic work.

The collaboration between the club and MidKent will see students working at the Gallagher for five days a week over the next 24 months, studying for vocational qualifications connected to soccer and a BTEC Level Three in Sport. Participants will also be engaged in football training and playing in three competitive leagues: Conference Reserves League, the English Colleges League and the Kent Students Sports Association League.

Speaking for MidKent College, its head of Business Services, Jacqui Brown said: "The resources and facilities at the club, combined with our track record of success in the 16+ sector, means that the young people on the programme will have an excellent opportunity to make progress in their career."

What does the course lead to? Some students may in fact go on to become professional footballers or find work in a career connected to football or another sporting industry. It is expected that many will go on to work in the health and leisure industries or follow the sports science route into higher education.

Academy Staff

The Academy will be staffed by:

  • Alan Seamons - Lead tutor and a holder of the UEFA 'A' Licence for coaching.
  • Jim Bodle - A qualified teacher and also the reserve team manager at Maidstone United
  • Jack Parkinson, - Has experience of international football at youth level and is also a UEFA 'A' Licence holder, currently at Woking.
  • Simon Hughes - Director of Education with more than 25 years in education.

The 2012/2013 Academic Season

At the time of writing there are still a limited number of places available for the 2012/13 programme. If you finished school in July and are interested in a career in football telephone 07970 424184 or email education@maidstoneunited.co.uk as soon as possible.

The 2013/2014 Academic Season

Year 11 students who wish to make an application can do so next from month. Sucessful applicants will have to complete a football trial in February 2013 AND gain at least four GCSE A* to C.

Information & Contacts

Maidstone United Acadaemy
Simon Hughes (Academy Director), Teresa Murray (Head of Faculty - Public & Retail Services, MidKent College), Dan, Alex, Alfie, Jacqui Brown (Business Services Manager, MidKent College) and Terry Casey (Co-owner - Maidstone United FC)

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