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
COURSE START DATE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”