Taking place in three top quality locations – Maplesden Noakes (Maidstone), Swadelands (Lenham) and Ursuline (Westgate-on-Sea) – our Scholarships offer a wide range of BTEC and A-Level qualifications alongside daily two hour football sessions that targets continuous player development across all facets of modern day football.
Scholars are trained by SEFA’s expert and UEFA qualified coaches including Maidstone United assistant manager Nicky Southall and SEFA Directors of Coaching Lee Spiller and Tony Browne.
Players receive everything you would expect as a modern day professional footballer; full size 3G and grass playing surfaces for training and home games, use of the latest and best training equipment, full bespoke Adidas SEFA training kit, individually tailored player fitness, nutrition and performance plans, access to physiotherapy and player and match analysis.
Players represent Soccer Elite FA in Academy leagues and the NRG Gyms Under 21 league (which includes the Under 21 teams of a number of Ryman League clubs), and also play regular showpiece fixtures against professional clubs and representative sides (such as Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Southampton), providing players with the ideal platform to exhibit their capability to scouts and coaches alike from those clubs. In addition and when applicable, SEFA will use their vast array of contacts from the Premier League to non league to arrange individual trials with clubs.
Throughout the programme scholars can also expect to achieve FA coaching licences, first aid qualifications, work placements and the chance to take part in top class European tournaments.
By combining football with A Level and BTEC education, SEFA’s Scholarship programme offers players the best opportunity to move into playing, coaching, university or the wider business world. Former SEFA Scholar Kaiyne Woolery now plays for Bolton Wanderers, and we have a number of players past and present playing first team semi-professional football in the Ryman League. Additionally, pathways are open to Scholars to become full time employees at the SEFA, and plenty of Scholars also receive part time paid coaching work at the company. Thanks to the A Levels and BTECs on offer, players also have the opportunity to move on to university to study a vast array of degrees if they wish.
Further information relating to 6th form applications including Football Scholarships can be found at www.kentchoices4u.com. From this link you will be able to access the formal prospectus that accounts for the academic side of the programme.