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Football academy

Margate FC works in partnership with Herne Bay High School to run a full-time post 16 Football Academy.

Our Mission Statement

To provide young people 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.

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

• Coached by UEFA A and B coaches to develop your game

• Train/play at Margate Football Club on the 3G stadium pitch

• Player pathway to senior football, with U23s and Academy feeding into the first team

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 two 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 visit the Herne Bay High School website.

Vocational Courses

You can study Level 2 and 3 fitness/health-based courses, preparing you for employment. We offer the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Exercise, Health and Fitness Studies, and at Level 3, Personal Training. Part of the Level 2 diploma is the gym instructor certificate. This route is all about giving you the skills and knowledge to enter the fitness industry.

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 students will have…


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.


Scholarships in the USA are also an option when you have finished your studies. We can help players make the right 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 those 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, U23’s and hopefully represent the first team.

Other Key Considerations

Students 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:


• 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 – 31 minutes

How to apply?

Applications are made online via Kent Choices.

Please note that when applying for A Levels you must indicate on your application that you wish to be part of the football academy.

Please email for further information.

Last updated: Wednesday 07 July 2021 @ 01:35 PM