About EMC Academy

About EMC Academy

Our Vision

Set up by Jonny Elwood and Henry Muggeridge, EMC Academy are looking to bridge the gap between the grassroots and the professional game. We give every young player no matter their age or ability, the perfect platform to reach their potential.

Our model looks after players from as young as 4 years old, through every age group of youth football, into our Scholarship programme, the pinnacle of our Academy, and even in senior football, we will be there to support you every step of the way.

There are many technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social aspects that go into developing a player from the age of 4 years through to 19 years old. At EMC Academy we make sure that our players experience all of these components to ensure they have the best chance to develop into both fine young players and fine young men.

The success of our Academy is mainly down to hard work, commitment and our close relationship with many professional clubs, and at EMC Academy, we can confidently say there is a genuine pathway to many elite clubs.

Our team of experts who have over 100 years of coaching experience between them include Uefa A standard coaches, people who have played at the highest level, former international players, current semi-professional players, and players who have come through the EMC model and now work full time with us. Our staff create a family atmosphere whereby we have way more than just a player/coach relationship.

The EMC model gives players the opportunity to develop through our centre with various chances to showcase their talent each season at many professional clubs. Our plan is to nurture the next generation of players and give them the opportunities, facilities and coaching through their football and life, both on and off the field that they cannot get anywhere else. Everything that we do is about helping our Academy players, the #NEXTGEN reach their full potential.

In the short time that we have been running, we have seen a large number of players get signed by professional clubs.

Not only have many of our staff played the professional game, but many are also working for professional clubs, putting us in a better position than anyone to assess whether your child is ready to go to a professional club, technically, physically and mentally.

As we continue to move forward the determination is stronger than ever to keep investing in the Academy both on and off the pitch.


Our Philosophy

EMC Academy teams will aim to play attractive, attacking and possession-based football throughout the Academy.

All age groups will develop a style of play that is based on possession of the ball, aiming to produce players that can compete at the highest level.

At all times our teams will try and play out from the back through the thirds, developing players in a style that makes them composed when managing the ball under pressure.

Tactically all players will experience different systems and positions in their development but will always maintain the same passing style of play.

Defensively players will learn how to press effectively to win the ball back in each third of the pitch and be able to defend well in 1v1 situations.

Latest News

Scholars New home 2020/21
Scholars New home 2020/21

From 2020/21 our Scholarship Programme will be run from the Rackliff Centre in Rusthall.

Harley a Hit in Germany!
Harley a Hit in Germany!

Academy player Harley scored 3 times to help Crystal Palace FC U12 squad win the U12 indoor cup in Germany

Under 9’s impress at Millwall
Under 9’s impress at Millwall

EMC Academy received some very positive feedback following our Under 9’s trip to The Lions Centre to take on Millwall FC Academy.

Super Stan continues to impress at Chelsea!
Super Stan continues to impress at Chelsea!

We are very proud to say Stan has continued to impress at Chelsea FC, where he has spent most of the season training alongside their Academy squads at Cobham.

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