Elite Football

Our Elite football programme is designed for young student-athletes aged between 16 and 19 who are committed to developing in both football and academic studies. It is perfect for those who still aspire to become a professional footballer. We provide each student with a package of education, training and mentoring tailored to their individual needs.

The JMA Elite Football environment is ideal for players such as:

  • Players with previous professional football club experience
  • Elite/Development Centre experience
  • Potential Late Developers
  • Talented grassroots players

The programme allows keen young footballers to continue their academic studies on a wide range of courses at Sixth Form level while continuing to develop their footballing potential under the guidance of our experienced A-License coaches.

Partner Club

Our partner club Reading FC is one of the most successful CAT 1 academies in the country and give us access to their top class facilities and staff support and guidance on various areas such as:

  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Nutrition
  • Recovery
  • Analysis

We work very much to their mantra “We aim to develop brilliant technical players who work tremendously hard” and expect these standards both on and off the pitch.

Students are privileged to be able to wear Reading FC tracksuits, training and playing kits whilst part of the academy and therefore are not only representing the school but also Reading FC at all times.

The Course

Football Training and Matches

Elite football students receive 8-10 hours of training each week based on both our brand new FIFA approved artificial pitch and Reading FC’s Academy training pitch based at the Madejski Stadium.

Our Elite Teams play in the National Football Youth League competing against other Premier League and Football League programmes whilst our Development Squad play in the Tactic regional leagues against other local programmes. Please see all competitions listed below which allow us to give all players plenty of match time.

  • NFYL Southern Division
  • NFYL Reserve Division Tactic Regional League
  • NFYL League Cup
  • Tactic League Cup
  • Berks & Bucks County Cup
  • ESFA National Elite Trophy & Schools Cup
  • ESFA & Reading Schools Leagues
  • Walsh Cup

Players have access to state of the art Gym facilities on a daily basis in order to work on Strength & Conditioning, rehab and recovery as well as weekly Hydrotherapy recovery sessions in the pool.

All players will also have access to our experienced sports therapist at least once a week as well as having the opportunity to be monitored by Reading FC’s Sports Therapists alongside their academy players.

Alongside this regular games are organized against Pro Clubs at all levels to allow players to showcase themselves. Clubs we have played recently include:

  • Reading FC
  • Dundee United (Scotland)
  • Peterborough United
  • Hamilton Academicals (Scotland)
  • Oxford United
  • Raith Rovers (Scotland)
  • Bristol Rovers

Academic Studies

Potential Elite Football students have three levels of academic pathways to choose from to suit their individual academic needs alongside the football. These are:

  • Level 3 Academic
  • Level 3 Vocational
  • Level 2 Technical

Please click on the following link for further information about these pathways:

Courses for 2018-19

Please click on the videos below for more information about the Elite Football programme.


@JMAReadingFC Retweeted Steve Duffy @mrduffymusic, Jan 19
How incredible is this photo of today’s Run For Charley taken by a Year 9 student! Really captures the fantastic spirit demonstrated by the students taking part. Well done Yousef for taking such a brilliant photo!
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 19
QUOTE | 🗣 A great quote from one of today’s workshops..... Applicable in all aspects of learning - are you willing to learn on the pitch? 🤔⚽️
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 18
The boys should hear back early next week, 👍🏼
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 17
U16 TRIALS NIGHT 3️⃣ | ⚽️✅ Busy night tonight as we had our U16’s in to train ahead of next weeks game v Oxford United Alongside that group we had another large group of trialists still competing for places next year 2018 is going to be a good year ⚽️👊🏼💙
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 17
FINAL SCORE | ⚽️ West Division JMA Reading Dev 5 ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ 3 ⚽️⚽️⚽️ The Dev Squad also continuing their recent run of form and maintaining our 100% start to 2018 🙌🏼💙
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 17
KICK OFF | ⚽️ The Dev Squad are also underway against at home in the West Updates to follow....
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 17
FINAL SCORE | ⚽️ Portsmouth 3 JMA Reading 5 (Suckling⚽️⚽️⚽️Abubakar⚽️Darboe⚽️) A focused and disciplined performance from the boys. Pegged back to 3-3 after taking the lead before securing a HUGE 3 points Another big game next week as we host Birmingham City
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 17
HALF TIME | ⚽️ Portsmouth 2 JMA Reading 2 (Abubakar⚽️ Suckling⚽️) Came back from behind twice and although dominating possession the chances have been even Interesting 2nd half ahead....
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 17
GAME DAY | ⚽️ A tough away day today as we visit Portsmouth in the League A number of players missing due to exams but travelling in good spirits and excellent form
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 16
GO ON 🙌🏼⚽️💙
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 16
TESTING | Day 2 | 🏃🏽‍♂️ Some excellent times on the sprint tests this morning. equalling our record at 30m and winning all stages (5,10,20&30m)
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 16
Sprint Testing underway....... 🏃🏽‍♂️
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 16
TESTING | Day 2 | 🏃🏽‍♂️ Testing continued this morning as the boys are in for Speed Tests with Readings Sports Scientists Who will be proved quickest in the group?! 🏃🏽‍♂️💨
@JMAReadingFC, Jan 15
TESTING | Day 1 | 🏃🏽‍♂️ Slight delay but finally the boys began their Post Xmas testing this morning with the beep test 😷 Some good levels but lots to improve on after the Christmas Break but not the worst we’ve ever seen 🔝3️⃣ Cameron Komba George Kamara Kane Smith

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