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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 two levels of academic pathways to choose from to suit their individual academic needs alongside the football. These are:

  • Level 3 Pathway
  • Level 2 Bridging Pathway (1 year)

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

Courses for 2019-20


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

Elite Football Video from Emma Throp on Vimeo.

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@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
U16 DEBUTS | ⚽️ Great to have 3 U16’s in our Performance Squad Res team today in the Tactic League Southern Prem - 1 starting and 2 on the bench. Harvey & Ciaran both making their debuts. Harvey receiving MotM and Ciaran scoring his first goal 🙌🏼 https://t.co/YxYqlt2pMK
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
Full Time |⚽️ Havent and Waterlooville 1 Vs JMA Reading FC 8 (Brevett⚽️⚽️⚽️Muttitt⚽️⚽️Amitaga⚽️Waight⚽️Carolan⚽️) Much better energy and a bit more of a Ruthless streak in the second half sees us run out comfortable winners !
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
44’ GOAAAAAAL Great work from Pope from a short corner sets Amitaga who tee’s up Carolan to pass home 1-8
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
42’ GOAAAAAAL That completes the Hatrick! Muttitt back heels the ball for Brevett to smash home 1-7
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
76’ GOAAAAAAL Muttitt drives inside and squares to Amitaga who smashes home 1-6
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
70’ GOAAAAAAL Basterfield sees he’s one on one saved and Muttitt taps in after his second attempt 1-5
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
65’ GOAAAAAAL Quick corner. Brevett drives into the box and smashes home from a tight angle 1-4
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
62’ GOAAAAAAL Great combination between Amitaga and Brevett leads to Muttitt with a tap in 1-3
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
Half Time |⚽️ Havent and Waterlooville 1 Vs JMA Reading 2 (Brevett⚽️&Waight⚽️)
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
40’ GOAL Havent pull one back 1-2
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
9’ GOAAAAAAL Sykes delivers and a mistake from the keeper leaves Waight a tap in 0-2
@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
5’ GOAAAAAAL Muttitt drives at the Havent defence. Slips Brevett who rounds the keeper and taps into an empty net 0-1
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@JMAReadingFC, Feb 21
Team Line Up vs Havent |⚽️ 1.Whiter 2.Downes 3.Sykes 4.Pope 5.Mcdonnell 6.Amitaga https://t.co/Ui5uXID8N0 Sousa 8.Muttitt 9.Waight 10.Brevett 11.Donville Subs: Basterfield, Carolan Just getting ready to Kick Off ! https://t.co/RISG4pQou1
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@JMAReadingFC, Feb 20
❗️PRO CLUB TRIAL❗️| ⚽️ U16 Midfielder Bryan will head into League One Oxford United tomorrow Bryan joins from Reading City & is another player who impressed scouts whilst playing in our showcase games v Exeter and Portsmouth this week Good luck Bryan 👊🏼💙 https://t.co/9lOzWtV4fS