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 18
TARGET SETTING | ⚽️ Both squads setting their targets for the remainder of the season after a positive start to the season ⚽️
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
FULL TIME | ⚽️ 0 4 The scoreline in no way reflects the game but taking nothing away from the opposition, they deserved to win and we wish them the best in the next round. We will go away rueing missed chances and too many errors 💙
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
REVIEWS | ⚽️ Not just an important day on the pitch as we also had our first set of player performance reviews today
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
FULL TIME | ⚽️ West JMA Dev 5 (Waight⚽️⚽️Fakih⚽️Olimah⚽️Wiltshire⚽️) 1 Showed great character and took our chances when they came. Scoreline doesn’t reflect the close game though Good luck for the rest of the season
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
Gooaallll 89’ Ali sees a header cleared off the line before Wiltshire hits a dipping volley across goal into the far corner 5-1
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
Gooaalll 73’ Excellent pass from Amitaga releases Rolfe. He in turn finds Fakih who skips past his man and squares to Olimah for a tap in 4-1
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
Gooaalll 69’ The ball come to Rolfe after a corner and he slips it to Fakih who rolls in the box and finishes at the near post. Against the run of play. 3-1
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
HALF TIME | ⚽️ JMA Dev 2 1 Some good play from both sides, a sloppy goal conceded gives the visitors a chance to get back in the game...
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
Goal 38’ The visitors pull a goal back after a free kick is put back across goal 2-1
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
Gooaallll 27’ Okine Peters with good forward play releases Brevett who beats his man and cuts back to Waight who finds the top corner from the edge of the box! 2-0
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
Gooaallll 9’ Noka picks it up and turns, good movement from Waight who receives from Noka to slot under the keeper. Good goal 1-0
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
KICK OFF | ⚽️ West v 1. Whiter 2. Leahy 3. Rolfe 4. O’Kelly 5. O’Connor 6. Ali 7. Noka 8. Amitaga 9. Waight 10. Brevett 11. Okine-Peters 12. Wiltshire 14. Jibreel 15. Olimah 16. Donville 17. Fakih
@JMAReadingFC, Oct 17
GAME DAY | ⚽️ Big day today as we host Hemel Hempstead in the FA Youth Cup tonight (19:45) as ⚽️💙 Before that though, the development squad host in the West Division at 1pm
@JMAReadingFC Retweeted JMA Reading FC @JMAReadingFC, Oct 16
We would really welcome any support! 🙌🏼💙⚽️