Maplesden Noakes Scholarship

Our Maplesden Noakes Scholarship is led by Gillingham legend Andy Hessenthaler and Soccer Elite FA Director of Coaching Lee Spiller.

The coaches

The appointment of Andy Hessenthaler as our Head Scholars Coach once again cements Soccer Elite FA’s spot as the place to be for players aged 16-18. Appointed in the summer of 2013, Hess has a wealth of experience both playing and managing in the Football League, most notably winning promotion to the Championship as player-manager of Gillingham in 2004. Andy currently combines his role with the Scholars with his position as first team assistant manager at the Gills.


Andy is joined by the co-founder of Soccer Elite FA, Lee Spiller. A former youth coach at Chelsea, Spills, alongside Tony Browne, has overseen SEFA’s rise, with their renowned coaching philosophy helping numerous players achieve their dreams by signing on at professional clubs.


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The Venue

One of the leading schools in Maidstone, Maplesden Noakes is home to a 3G pitch used for training and home games. The school also has an excellent record in academic attainment, with it’s numerous A-Levels and sport-related BTEC’s available to all Scholarship players.