Ebbsfleet United FC Academy


A 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year olds. 

Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Up to 280

National League U19 Alliance 

FREE for 16-18 year olds - There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit

3 GCSES A-C or 8-4 preferably one Maths or English

Ebbsfleet United FC

SCL Education Group

September 2018

Ebbsfleet United Football Club, Stonebridge Road, Northfleet, Kent DA11 9GN

Access to University, Apprenticeships, play professional and semi-professional football,  Football coaching, Sport, Leisure and Fitness jobs.


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    • Select your chosen Academy and Book trial
    • Provide the information requested

    • Demonstrate your skills
    • Successful players will be offered an interview

    • One hour Education interview
    • Your chance to ask any questions about the education programme and show your passion for sport

    • For you and your parents
    • Hear about the Education and Football programme
    • Meet the SCL teachers and Academy coaches
    • Understand your exit routes when you graduate from the academy
    • Ask any questions

If successful you will be given a conditional offer and then accepted depending on your results in August.


Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL. 

  • Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
  • Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance 
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments 
  • Proven Progression routes


In addition to classroom based learning delivered by our outstanding teachers and training by highly qualified coaches, students will have access Pro-VLE, our Digital Learning Environment. Pro-VLE has been specifically designed to create a personalised, first class, digital learning experience for our students and has been tailored to support their education and development.

  • Access study resources any place and at any time
  • Simple submission of assignments online
  • Students can interact with their class, teachers and coaches using Yammer
  • Direct access to timetables, learner plans and emails 
  • Immediate access to tutor support
  • Coaches will share Football performance and grades directly with students online
  • A section of the Pro-VLE solely dedicated to information, advice and guidance on Career Progression
  • Policies, Procedures, bursary forms and safeguarding information available at the click of a button
  • FREE Microsoft Office 365


  • Play in the Football in the National League U19 Alliance 
  • Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches
  • Guidance on individual football fitness
  • Nutritional advice
  • Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch

There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details about this will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into The Football Academy.

The club is fully committed to developing young footballers through the delivery of quality coaching, a unique and unrivalled education programme and the use of modern state-of-the-art facilities.

Ebbsfleet United has a recent history of progressing youth players into the Football League with John Akinde (Bristol City), Michael West (Crewe Alexandra), Luke Moore (AFC Wimbledon) and Kwesi Appiah (Peterborough/Crystal Palace) all having graduated from the Fleet’s youth teams. Numerous others are now regulars throughout non-league from the Conference Premier down.

In the first season of the newly-established Ebbsfleet United Academy, players including Leo Mazzone, Jack Barnes, Shilow Tracey, Karn Miller-Neave and Casey Johnson have all had opportunities to train with the First-Team and seen First-Team action. Indeed Miller-Neave became the FA Cup’s fourth youngest ever goalscorer this season, gaining national headlines, when he played and scored for the Ebbsfleet First Team versus Hythe Town.

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Within our Academy structure, and working alongside Daryl McMahon, are a number of experienced, skilled coaches. Gerard Prenderville, a qualified UEFA B coach, is our U18 team coach with a coaching portfolio that includes Watford, Dagenham & Redbridge and Boreham Wood. We also have Stacy Long and Osei Sankofa, two former Ebbsfleet players, as Lead Development Phase and Lead Foundation Phase coaches respectively. Stacy has played for Stevenage, AFC Wimbledon and Notts County in the Football League while Osei played in the Premier League with Charlton Athletic as well as for Bristol City, Brentford and Southend United.

All our coaches have a progressive attitude as to how the game should be played and how players should be developed. Their objective is to produce technically accomplished players with a real understanding of how the game should be played and to develop them into players capable of progressing into the First Team.

Daryl McMahon is an ex-Republic of Ireland youth international who began his career at West Ham United and played in the Football League with Leyton Orient. He has also had an extensive career at the top end of non-league football with the likes of Stevenage Borough, Cambridge United, Farnborough, Eastleigh, Dover Athletic and Ebbsfleet United. He was lead foundation coach (ages 9-11) and Under 15s coach at Dagenham & Redbridge before being appointed as the Academy manager at Ebbsfleet. In 2015/16, he was promoted to first-team manager, when he won manager of the month in only his second month in the job. He remains as the club's Academy manager in addition to his first-team duties.

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The Football Academy will be based at Kings Hill Sports Park, 200 beacon avenue, kings hill ME19 4QP

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Ebbsfleet United Academy midfielder Shilow Tracey completed his move to Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee. The highly rated 17-year-old created plenty of ripples with clubs including Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Reading and West Ham monitoring his progress.

Several other players have signed first-team contracts in the past season and budding players in the 16–18 age category are encouraged to apply for trials on announcement of the dates.

Fleet vice chairman Peter Varney said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Shilow and we are proud of the fact that our youth academy is producing quality young players just one year after we set it up.

“I would like to thank Spurs for the professional manner in which they have handled the transfer negotiations. I must also recognise the work done with Shilow by Daryl McMahon and his staff in our youth academy.”

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  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.