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Football academy open evening

Wednesday 6th November 2013

Maidstone United are holding an open evening on Monday, November 18, for year 11 students interested in joining their football academy next September.

 The two-year course is ideal for anyone looking to combine studying and playing football full time. The open evening will be held at the Gallagher Stadium, with presentations starting at 7.30pm.

 The course, which is provided in association with Mid Kent College, offers a BTEC National Diploma in Sport (Level 3) and a range of vocational qualifications, including Football Association coaching badges (Levels 1 and 2), first aid and refereeing awards.

 Club chief executive, Bill Williams, said: “Interest in the club’s post-16 academy has been high, with school-leavers keen to be part of one of the fastest growing clubs in non-league football. Add to that the superb facilities at the Gallagher Stadium and the chance to play in leagues not available to school-based academies and competitions like the FA Youth Cup, it’s easy to see why we’re becoming the footballers’ choice.”

First team manager Jay Saunders said: “Over the summer, two academy students – Charley Robertson and Jack Sullivan – signed for the first team and another five have been signed by Ryman League clubs. I get regular reports on the academy players and a few of them have played for me in various cup competitions. I’d definitely recommend the academy to anyone who’s serious about making a career from the game.”

The academy has two teams competing in the Football Conference Youth Alliance. Last season, the Stones were divisional champions in that competition and top scorer Alfie Pavey, who netted more than 100 times, was signed by Championship club Millwall.

To register for the open evening, email