Football Academy

Our Mission Statement

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

Academic achievements are the cornerstone of our values. We will provide a learning experience which develops the individual ready for wider world locally, nationally and globally.

From a footballing perspective, we will 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.

How the MFC Academy Operates with Herne Bay High School

It’s a new and exciting partnership which brings together a great club and a trusted, progressive school! The academy gives learners the opportunity to be coached full time, whilst completing full time academic courses. It’s the ambition of the academy to provide its players with a National League Football, this league is considered the higher standard outside of the professional game.

Learners will receive all academic input from teachers who hold full qualified teacher status, and have years of teaching, assessing and verifying experience behind them.

Key features of our offer:

We have developed exciting associations with businesses and universities both here in the UK and in the United States, to ensure our offer is unique and our learners/players enjoy the whole experience and have many options after the academy.

How to Apply

Applications for boys and girls are made via and are submitted following our Post 16 Information Evening - further information to follow.  Our application window opens from 3rd December - 5th February 2021.

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.

The football coaches will make direct contact with girl applicants regarding trials.

The football trials for boys will take place on at Margate Football Club on:

Dates to be confirmed

Participants (boys) should wear football or PE kit and bring appropriate footwear for either astroturf or grass. They are advised to bring a bottle of water. Professional coaches will be leading the trial.

Following the trials, participants will be invited to a formal careers education advice and guidance meeting.  If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact school on 01227 361221 or e mail

Our Academy Curriculum

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport

Course Description

This programme is equivalent to 3 A Levels and provides direct access to university. Learners do not have to continue to study sport after this course, they are open to choose different university pathways. Learners cover a variety of different topics, which include: Anatomy & Physiology, Exercise & Physiology, Sports Coaching, Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise, Sports Nutrition, Psychology for Sports Performance and Sociology of Sport

Duration: 2 Years

Course Pre-requisites

Learners need 5 GCSE's at Grade 4+ including Math’s and English or BTEC First Diploma at Merit Level plus a successful interview and satisfactory references.

Assessment: Assessment is by a combination of coursework and external assessment.

Progression: University degree.

VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Sports Studies

Duration: 1 Year

Course Description:

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Sports Studies (QCF) is a vocational qualification that will support progression towards Level 3 qualifications. This qualification provides the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career in sport and related disciplines. This qualification covers the core topic areas of sport including: anatomy and physiology, performance psychology, planning and leading activities and business skills.

Learners have the opportunity to select a number of optional units which include: fitness testing and training, effects of exercise on the body systems, nutrition for sports performance, managing a sports career, sports injuries, sport and leisure facility operations, technical skills and tactical awareness and planning and running a sports event.

Course Pre-requisites

Learners are expected to have completed up to five GCSE’s with English and Math’s at a minimum of grade 3, you are also expected to have a keen interest and desire to pursue a career in sport, active health or fitness.

Assessment: Assessment is by coursework. There are 4 mandatory units and a minimum of 2 optional units to make up the course structure.

Progression: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Level 2 Diploma in Health, Exercise and Fitness Studies

Course Description

This qualification is aimed at the learner who wants to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise. Learners will cover: Anatomy and physiology, health and safety, how to plan, deliver and evaluate exercise programmes and also how to support clients.

Course Pre-requisites

Learners should have a good level of physical fitness and a keen interest health related studies is desirable. Also 4 GCSE's at 3 or above including Math’s or English, plus a successful interview and satisfactory references.

Assessment: Multiple choice written exam, practical observation and written work products.

Progression: Level 3 certificate in personal training.

A Level Options

Students have the option to study traditional A Levels and still play for the football academy.  A levels such as Business, English or Science are available, for full details on the wide selection of A Level courses please click here

Kit Requirements

Students are responsible for purchasing their own kit from here.  Please click on garment bundles and then players' garments.  Choose the sizes required and make the payment.  All kit will be delivered to your home address mid July, in readiness for the next academic year.

Other Key Considerations

Learners are required to attend Herne Bay High, and they will be welcomed into a first class learning environment. The school is also in a fantastic location, with excellent transport links:

Trains: Margate to Herne Bay – 16 minutes

Whitstable to Herne Bay – 7 minutes

Faversham to Herne Bay – 15 minutes

Ramsgate to Herne Bay – 27 minutes

Buses: Canterbury to Herne – 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…

UCFB University (Wembley or Etihad Stadium)

UCFB University deliver degrees in the football, sport and events industries, from Sports Business to Sports Marketing and International Football Business. The integration of campuses within these inspiring stadiums is unique! UCFB industry links are unrivalled and help provide a unique learning experience for students, links include the likes of The Football Association, League Managers Association and Real Madrid Graduate School.

The MFC academy will be provided with bespoke visits to Wembley, students will be guided through the application process and gain specialist advice from UCFB staff with regards to courses.


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’s the UCAS points at level 3 which allow university access, not necessarily the subject specifically.


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.


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.