Football Academy

Our Mission Statement

"To provide young people with the highest standard of both education and football, whilst raising the aspirations of those involved in our academy".

Academic achievements are the cornerstone of our values. We provide a learning experience which develops the individual ready for the wider world. From a footballing perspective, we provide coaching of the highest professional standard and aim to give talented footballers the opportunity to progress in the game. Player development is a key value for us.


Why join us?

• High achieving sixth form - one of the best in the whole county
• Wide choice of BTEC, A level and vocational courses on offer
• Full time programme which balances football and academic study
• Guided by UEFA A and B coaches
• Play/Train at MFC on the stadium 3G pitch
• Achieve your goals - Whether that's university, employment, or a scholarship, we can help you get there!

The football programme:

• Train/Play on Margate FC's stadium 3G pitch
• Coached by UEFA A and UEFA B staff
• Play a full competitive season
• Academy has a direct link with U23's football
• Academy has a direct link with the first team

Margate FC has a thriving youth system and has a strong emphasis on developing players. A number of academy players have had first team minutes under manager Jay Saunders - the opportunity is there if you are good enough to take it.

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Within the academy we have many players who come from Margate FC, but we also have players who play for various U18 sides at the weekend. Players from Faversham Town, Herne Bay FC, Sittingbourne FC and Ramsgate FC, all play for our academy team. All academy students are required to purchase full academy kit, this is for training purposes but is also the day-to-day uniform.

What can I study?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Within the academy you can study a full time BTEC Level 3 programme over 2 years, equivalent to A levels, opening the door to university. This allows you focus purely on sport science related topics such as Psychology of Sport, Sociology, Anatomy and Physiology, Coaching, Nutrition, Fitness Training and Sports Business.

A Levels

You can select any A levels you like from the courses available in the selected blocks (if you select A levels and want to be part of the football academy, you must indicate this on your application). We have a large selection of courses, far more than most other sixth forms. A levels such as Business, English or Science are available, for full details on the wide selection of A Level courses please click here.

Vocational Courses

You can study level 2 and 3 fitness/health-based courses, preparing you for employment

VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Exercise, Health and Fitness Studies - this is a 1 year course, which incorporates a Fitness Instructors qualification, and prepares you with skills for the workplace.

VTCT Level 3 Personal Training - 1 year course, pre-requisite is the level 2 Fitness Instructors Certificate

Examples of Past Students

Gabe Harrison

Gabe came to Herne Bay High from grammar school and completed a full time 2 year programme studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. During his time in the academy, Gabe signed for the first team and made his debut in the FA Cup. After leaving the academy Gabe secured a scholarship in the US, after receiving several very good offers from the states.

Ben Thornby

Ben Thornby he came to the academy from Sir Roger Manwoods Grammar School after gaining some excellent GCSE results (8 of which were at grades 5-7). Ben studied a BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma, and from a footballing perspective made his first team debut in his first year. Ben is looking to move on to university to take up a degree in Radiography at Canterbury Christ Church Uni, but only after taking a year out travelling.


Seb Gallagher

Seb’s previous school was King Ethelberts, and following his studies with us, Seb moved on to Liverpool John Moores University to study Sport Science. He made 4 first team appearances during his time in the academy, playing for Margate U18’s and U23’s also.

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How to apply?

Applications are made on line via Kent Choices

Upon joining Herne Bay High 6th Form you will be allocated a 6th Form Mentor who will support you on your journey. Studying at 6th Form is a significant step up from GCSE and you will be encouraged to take greater responsibility for your own organisation, focus and studies. Your key to success is to use your time wisely, become an independent learner and have a positive attitude.  The Herne Bay High dates to submit your application to us via Kent Choices are from the 25th November 2021 to the 4th February 2022 at 3pm.

You must indicate on your application that you wish to be part of the football academy.

However, should you still wish to apply for the Football Academy after this date, please e mail the completed application form to . Please click here.

Football Trials

Information on trials will be released shortly. 

Should you have any questions please contact the football academy directly on:

Other Key Considerations

The school is also in a fantastic location, with excellent transport links:

Margate to Herne Bay – 16 minutes
Whitstable to Herne Bay – 7 minutes
Faversham to Herne Bay – 15 minutes
Ramsgate to Herne Bay – 27 minutes

Canterbury to Herne Bay – 31 minutes

Exit Routes

A key question – ‘where will this academy take me? What doors will it open for me in the future?’ Below are some choices that hard working, ambitious learners will have…

University - Via our level 3 courses, depending on grades achieved, students can progress onto university in a wide range of different subjects. Remember, you also have the option to change subject when moving on to university, for example moving away from a sports pathway. It is the UCAS points at level 3 which allow university access, not necessarily the subject specifically.

Scholarships - Scholarships in the USA are also an option when you have finished your studies. We can help players make the right informed choices and guide them through the application/trial process. We have a trusted partner, Sports Recruiting USA, who can offer a variety of different service with regards to scholarship.

Employment - Our vocational courses allow students to leave the MFC academy and move directly into employment with the skills and experience they have acquired.

Playing Contracts

Through the academy we aim to help players reach their goal of securing playing contracts at semi pro and pro clubs. This is obviously something that is only for the elite who are good enough to make that step. The
‘MFC Player Pathway’ is there to provide players with the opportunity to move through the ranks. The club wants to see players move through the age categories, the academy, U21’s and hopefully represent the first team.


If applying after the online application process has closed, please click here for the Football Academy Application 2022.