Football academy looks for talented teenagers

PUBLISHED: 17:24 02 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:24 02 February 2015

Players at the North West Kent College Football Academy

Players at the North West Kent College Football Academy


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Talented young football players are being invited to try out for the North West Kent College Football Academy.

The academy, which is run in partnership with Gillingham Football Club, is open to teenagers aged between 16 and 18 who have a passion for the sport.

It offers them the chance to gain academic qualifications and hone their skills on the football pitch, working with Gillingham’s players and coaches.

Academy head coach Jamie Coyle, who also plays for and coaches Maidstone United FC, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people. The academy can open so many doors.

“There’s so much talent, and we want to tap into that and give students the best possible opportunities.”

Former student George Kennett, who has now won a football scholarship at Chowan University in North Carolina, added: “I really enjoyed my time at the academy.

“I represented Gillingham FC in the Conference Youth Alliance League, trained full-time like a professional footballer and gained a distinction for my BTEC Level 3.

“As well as being taught in the classroom, I was coached by

expert football coaches.”

The college is holding a taster day for people who think they may be interested in applying for entry in September on Friday, February 20 at the Dartford campus in Oakfield Lane.

Trials will be on Friday, April 24 and Friday, May 22.

Anyone interested should register for the taster day and trial on the college website, For more details see the website or call 0800 074 1447.

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