Performance Boys Football

Our Elite boys' 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
  • Tactic Premier, Regional & Foundation 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 video below for more information about the Elite Football programme.

Elite Football Video from Emma Throp on Vimeo.


@JMAReadingFC, Oct 21
SENIOR DEBUT | ⚽️ Fantastic news 🙌🏼 Great work being done at with & creating a pathway in to’s football for talented young players. 7 current or ex players in this squad 👏🏼💙
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 21
Well done 3rd year on your debut for another step forward in your development 👍🏼
@JMAReadingFC Retweeted Binfield FC @Binfieldfc, Oct 20
Sub Tuttle is replaced by Baker
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
79’ Pilling to Waight. 8-0
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
Goaalll 72’ Abubakar squares for Pilling to tap home 7-0
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
Gooaalll 61’ Brevet my does fantastically and switches to Abubakar, he continues his run in to the box and Abubakar finds him in the box to volley home 6-0
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
Full Time |⚽️ 4 Vs JMA Reading FC 4 (Muttitt⚽️⚽️Sykes⚽️Heffernan⚽️) Tough Result in the end as we were 4-2 up. Played very well for spells but have to learn to manage the game better ⚽️
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
Gooaalll 54’ Great movement from Pilling, Carr finds him and he cuts it back across for Abubakar to score at the back post JMA 5 Eastleigh 0
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
Gooaaalll 49’ Carr squares for Brevett to slot home JMA 4 Eastleigh 0
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
Goooaalllll 40’ excellent combination play between Makobe and Amitaga. Makobe then smashes into the top corner JMA 3 Eastleigh 0
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
82’ GOAL Ball not cleared in the box and powered home. 4-4
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
Goalllll 32’ Makobe replaces Waight and his first job is to run on to a Lawson through ball and squeeze the ball home at the near post! JMA 2 Eastleigh 0
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
80’ GOAL Game really on now. Free Kick on the edge of the box....smashed into the top corner 3-4
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 19
70’ GOAAAAL Counter attack goal. Jibreel slips in Heffernan who passes home with his left⚽️ 2-4