Our Elite girls' 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.
Trials will take place on Monday 16 December 2019.
Our partner club Reading Women FC give us access to their top class facilities and staff support and guidance on various areas such as:
- Strength & Conditioning
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.
Football Training and Matches
We currently run 2 teams on our football program. Reading Womens FC have based their Womens Super League Academy at JMA. The FA lead WSL Academy league consists of 11 other WSL Academies meaning we play against the likes of Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea at venues across the country. We also have an Elite Womens Team who play in the ECFA Cat 1, which is the top college league for them to compete in at this age.
Elite football students receive 8-10 hours of group training each week as well as 1 hour of individual on pitch training. These sessions are based on our brand new FIFA approved artificial pitch and Reading FC’s Academy training pitch based at the Madejski Stadium.
Players have access to state of the art Gym facilities on a daily basis in order to work on individualised Strength & Conditioning programs, rehab and recovery as well as weekly Hydrotherapy recovery sessions in the pool. We also provide players with video analysis sessions to evaluate performance and aid development.
All players will also have access to our experienced sports therapist and our full time Strength & Conditioning coach who will put players on individualised development programs tailored to maximise their potential.
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)
If you would any more information, please contact Rob Gier via email: [email protected]