Football Academies

Football Academies

Our Academy looks to bridge the gap between the grassroots and professional game, by professional, affordable coaching and, by providing the very best opportunities and experiences for young players.

Our Academy ambition is to become one of the best Academies in the world.

We aim to develop fine young men as well as fine young footballers.

Our Academy Values:

  • Respect

  • Work Rate

  • Teamwork

  • Accountability

We believe these values can help us create a culture of excellence amongst our young players.

Academy Philosophy

All coaches will follow Our 'Academy Syllabus' which is designed to help challenge and develop young players technically, tactically, physically and mentally on their pathway to achieving their full potential.

All of our sessions are based on playing the EMC way; dominating possession, playing out from the back and at a quick tempo.

EMC Elite fixture list

With strong links to many Professional and Semi-Professional clubs, our Elite fixture list not only gives our players the chance to showcase their talent, but also gives them the chance to test themselves against some of the best players in the country. In the last 12 months we have played against: Chelsea, Man City, Crystal Palace, Leicester,  Millwall and many more!

Additional Training

Players already attached to grassroots clubs can join our Academy as well as continuing to play for their grassroots team. Our EMC Elite fixture list does not conflict with any club football, with most fixtures generally being mid-week.

Elite Club Football

Play as an Academy team every Saturday or Sunday in addition to our EMC Elite fixture list. Your EMC coach will take your mid-week training, and match days.

Academy sessions:

Development Centres:

Tuesday evenings

Sheppey United FC

The Total Power Stadium

Holm Park

ME12 3DB


Taster session - We offer the first session free of charge. Please message your child's name + Sheppey Taster to 07793 029247 to book your free session. All abilities are welcome, we have a level of football for everyone.

Wednesday evenings - EMC Squads ONLY

Hawkenbury Astro

Hawkenbury Road

Tunbridge Wells


EMC squads - invite only


Elite Centre:

Friday evenings

Mascalls School

Maidstone Road

Paddock Wood

TN12 6LT

U7-U12 5.45pm-6.45pm

U13-U16 6.45pm-8pm - Trials are required, contact 07793 029247 to book.


Mascalls Academy, Paddock Wood

TN12 6LT - Find it here on Google maps

Friday Evenings - 5.45pm-8pm

5-18 years old

Tunbridge Wells Academy

Hawkenbury Astro

TN2 5BU - Find it here on Google maps

Wednesday - 6pm-7pm.

EMC Squad Members only 

Sheppey United FC

The Total Power Stadium, Holm Park

ME12 3DB - Find it here on Google maps

Tuesday - 5.30pm-6.30pm



Latest News

Happy Easter from all at EMC!
Happy Easter from all at EMC!

Our centres are now closed for the Easter break.

Click here to see our return dates for all centres.

Don't forget our Easter Soccer School is on 12th April - click here for booking information

Kent FA U18 Merit Cup Final
Kent FA U18 Merit Cup Final

After a fantastic 3-1 win against Folkestone Invicta in the semi's - our boys are off to the Cup Final!

Click here for ticket information.

U12/U13 Rother League Cup Final
U12/U13 Rother League Cup Final

Come along and support the boys!

Click here for match details.

Scholarship Trials
Scholarship Trials

11th April, 12:30pm, Mascalls School TN12 6LT.

Click here to find out how to request your free playing trial.


"Having previously worked with Jonny, and seen first hand the methods used by EMC Academy I would highly recommend them to any player in the Kent area looking for elite coaching."

TQ Addy - Luton Town FC

"Having worked with both Jonny and Henry last season I know their game knowledge is right up there with the best in the business. I am grateful for the time they invested in helping me at a key stage in my development. Both have great man-management techniques to match their technical knowledge, I really enjoyed my time working with them and hope to do so again in the future."

Kasper Lopata - Sheffield United FC and Poland Under 21s

"I've recently worked alongside some of the staff from EMC Academy and have personally witnessed the professionalism and attention to detail of their training programme. The concept and opportunities they are providing in their full-time Academy provide youngsters with a marvellous opportunity to fulfil their dreams of becoming a professional player. I cannot recommend them highly enough!"

Alan Bennett - Former Republic of Ireland international

"The EMC Academy coaching is top class. Very professional and supportive.

It helped me so much. I'm thankful for everything."

Motiejus Burba - FK Zalgiris

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