Living the dream with Louis Collins (2018-01-29) (2018-01-31)

Former Kent Youth League striker, Louis Collins, achieved something most young players across our League dream of: signing a 2 year scholarship at Scunthorpe United.

Having learned his bread and butter playing in the Kent Youth League, where Louis picked up the prestigious golden boot award - not once, but twice - we caught up with him to find out what life as a promising young pro is like.

Going right back to the beginning, Louis said:

"I started playing football when I was five years old. I went into my school football team and then played for Sevenoaks from u11s to u12s. I then got picked up by Millwall FC and signed for them after a six-week trial. I was at Millwall from u13s to u14s."

"When I was there we won the national cup. I left there and went to Ebbsfleet U15s playing in the South Division. I was there for a year and scored 47 goals in 23 games. The next season I went to Bromley in the North Division which proved to be slightly harder, I finished top goal scorer and we won the league."

"After that I was on trial at Charlton for six weeks and had the choice to go to Scunthorpe for a trial and signed for them as a scholar."

The Kent Youth League proved to be a valuable platform for Louis, who looks back fondly on the seasons he enjoyed playing across the county.

"My first team in the KYL was Ebbsfleet. I had just come out of academy football and was looking to get my confidence back up and start enjoying my football more, this helped me to improve and score more goals as the season went on."

"The next season I pushed to challenge myself a little more and played in the north league. This involved a little more travelling but was well worth it, as it added that physically aspect to my game that also allowed me to improve and score more goals."

Louis' goal-scoring in the League saw him pick up the KYL's Golden Boot award for two consecutive years. It was an achievement that set the tone for Louis' future ambitions.

"The first year I won the golden boot, it elevated me to make me want to win it a second year running. This definitely made me a lot more ambitious and confident that I can score more goals than the year before."

"I think it put me in a better position going forward and gave me something else to look and work for to succeed in. It is good to be competitive as it can give you an extra push towards the final result and allows you to enjoy it a lot more"

All Louis' hard-work and travelling led to a two-year scholarship deal in the Football League and he credits the experience within the League to assisting him settle back into life at a professional club.

"I had been at a professional club before but the years I spent in the Kent Youth League were vital for me to get my confidence up and start enjoying my football properly. Going from this back into a professional set up was ideal for me and was what those years I worked hard led to."

"The leap can be quite big if you are not familiar but not if you work as hard as other players and make yourself to be better than them."

Living his dream of learning day in day out, Louis' hard work within the game shows no signs of stopping.

"At the moment I am building my own skills that I would like to take into professional football, a dream is to play as high as possible but an aim for me is to be in professional football full time soon."

"When I first went into the Kent Youth League, I felt like being a professional footballer was so far away because I had started the journey that every big football player has ever started. The main way I felt that made me the player I am today was in my mind I wanted it more than anyone else and had no doubt that I would do it."

"Now I am one big step closer to getting that end goal because I didn't give up in those years and enjoyed my football to an extent where it made me better."

"I would say to other players make sure you enjoy your football and learn new things to adapt your game to become the best you can be."

With sound advice like that, we're sure young Louis' promising football career offers lots of inspiration to other young players across the League.

We look forward to watching Louis' career progress with great pride.

Fully Qualifies Personal Trainer for Free (2018-01-26) (2018-02-28)

Interested in Becoming a fully qualified Personal trainer for FREE?

Inspire sport will be delivering a new course for 18 year olds (18 from the 1st September 2018) to have an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised level 2 Fitness Instructor Award & YMCA Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. There will only be 12 places available for the course & it will be based on prior educational achievements (An C or above in A level in PE or a minimum of a merit in BTEC Level 3 in Sport)

The course will be run in a gym in the Tunbridge Wells area on a part-time basis.  

 For more information sign up via the link below:

Sporting Club First Touch (2018-01-26) (2018-01-31)

The 16-19 Full time football scholarship programme starting September 2018 in partnership with Essential Sports Limited

Are your about to sit your GCSE exams in the next few months?

Are you undecided about your future?

Do not worry, the majority of youngsters up and down the country are faced with similar situations of what route to pursue from September 2018.

If you are based in the South East, are you a talented young footballer who's keen to continue his football development alongside your studies?

If so, then we here at Sporting Club First Touch can provide and offer you an amazing opportunity to fulfil your dreams....

The 16-19 Sporting Club First Touch full time football scholarship programme is to hold open trials for all potential candidates.

The open trial date is to be held on

Saturday 24 February 2018, 10.00hrs - 11.45hrs at The Towers School 3G Facility, Faversham Road, Ashford, Kent, TN24 9AL.


You DO NOT have to be a current Sporting Club First Touch 04 u16 academy player to enrol in the 16-19 full time scholarship programme.

The trial date is open to all candidates aged 16-19 and is open to all players no matter what club you currently represent.

During the day, I and my academy team will assess all players and then select players based on ability and potential.

All players who impress will be informed within 10-14 days after the trial.

Once informed, we will then provide a date for those players and parents to attend and hear our presentation alongside our education partners Essential Sports Limited.

Those selected will then represent Sporting Club First Touch each week in the London league, an accepted higher standard of football to the school academy league. This opportunity will be open to elite players who potentially see their future in football or a sporting environment.

If the above is of any interest and you wish to attend the open trial we ask you to follow a very simple process.

You must contact myself Billy Bone, Head of Operations, before Wednesday 21 February 2018.

Please confirm your attendance via direct phone call, text message, Facebook messenger or email, providing your full name, date of birth and contact number.Billy Bone

Tel: +44(0)7931278545


Facebook: SC First Touch 04 Football Academy

Twitter: First Touch 04


U14s Sevenoaks (2018-01-25) (2018-01-31)

Sevenoaks Town FC U14's are looking for high quality players in all positions to join their talented squad.

The squad trains twice a week (on Mondays and Thursdays from 19:30) on the newly laid 3G pitch at Greatness Park in Sevenoaks. The team has an experienced group of six coaches led by Billy Thornton, who guided Bridon Ropes to three Kent Youth League Cup finals and most recently won the Ryman Youth League with Tonbridge Angels last season. Each of the coaches specialise in a particular position to ensure all of the players get detailed coaching in their respective roles.

Any player wishing to join should be prepared to work hard within a competitive squad to improve as a player, bring in plenty of energy and character and commit to being part of an exciting and ambitious project.

After last season's tour to Portugal to train with and play against Sporting Lisbon's Academy - arrangements are being finalised for the team's tour to Spain next April to play against another top European Academy.

At the time of writing, the club's first team sit top of the Kent Premier League and are seeking promotion to the Ryman League. The first team has a track record of providing opportunities for young talent, including the likes of Jack Miles who last season scored the winner in the club's record-breaking FA Cup run.

To get in touch, please contact the team's manager Sam Lansdale on 07809403688 or

Hollands & Blair Under 13s (2018-01-22) (2018-01-31)

Hollands & Blair, based at Star Meadow in Gillingham, are looking to recruit new players for their under 13's Kent League squad (current school year 8).

We are a long standing and well respected club in our area and are going through some changes to put us in a great position for the next season.

The under 13's need a few talented players to slot straight into our already established squad for the rest of this season and in preparation for next season.

Ideally you will be of Kent League standard, confident and committed to our club.

We train every Thursday at Star Meadow, Gillingham, and generally play our home games on Sunday mornings. We also try to arrange team events and as a Hollands & Blair squad member you can watch the first team free of charge.

If you think you have got what we are looking for please contact Iain Reid by email or phone as details below. Thank you.

Mobile 07881 337972

Greenwich Borough Under 13s 2018/19 season (2018-01-22) (2018-01-31)

Greenwich Borough are very excited to offer the opportunity to train and play with a club who believe in developing young players.

Players will have a opportunity to train twice a week and develop there individual skills and work on the understanding of team shape and formation.

Players will have a clear pathway through our youth set up.

Youth football
U18 Kent
Academy programme
U23 football(Bostick Development league)
First team ( Bostick South)

If you are interested in playing in the Kent youth league and being coached by our highly qualified coaches please contact Wayne Priestman(Coach) 07507630154
Doey Payne(Manager) 07415882084.

League Makes History With First Female Player (2018-01-22) (2018-01-31)

By Charlotte Richardson

Although we are only a couple of weeks into 2018, history has already been made for the League in 2018.

On Sunday 7th January, Margate FC Under 13s player Laura Aldridge made her debut for the club, making her the first female player to appear in the Keny Youth League.

Playing in the East Division of the Kent Youth League, Laura's appearance against Canterbury Youth is a historic one.

Laura joined the club having played for Gillingham FC's Centre of Excellence for Girls. In the three months she's been with the club, her grit and determination has earnt a place in the squad.

Laura's Coach Danny was full of praise for The Gate youngster, saying:

"Laura has not missed a single training session. She gives 100% and continues to work extremely hard. As Manager, I'm extremely proud to be coaching children like Laura, whose attitude is what makes it so easy and worthwhile to do the job we do as FA coaches."

"Although our season has not seen the results we have deserved at times, making history by introducing Laura into the Kent Youth League makes it all worth it and proves that football is an accessible and welcoming game."

"At Margate Football Club, we continue to develop all our children and give them all the opportunity to gain confidence and ability to improve."

Chief Executive Officer of the Kent Youth League, Ken Brooke was equally delighted by the news of Laura's fantastic achievement.

"The League was formed in 1981 and Laura is the first female to have been signed by a club and played in this League. I am very proud that this has happened in my time as Chief Executive."

"I had the pleasure of coaching a girl when I managed a school team who later went on to captain Crystal Palace ladies. She was judged on her ability not her gender and she was better than most of the boys."

"That is how it should be, and well-done Margate for identifying Laura's talent. Congratulations and well done"

Margate Football Club welcomed Laura to Saturday's match where Bill and Marilyn Kelly were on hand to make a presentation on behalf of the League, to Laura.

(2018-01-16) (2018-05-31)

SUMMER TOURNAMENT SAVE THE DATE  Glebe FC will be holding its extremely successful annual football tournament for the 3rd year, on the weekend of the 9 and 10 June 2018 at Glebe Football Club, Foxbury Avenue, Chislehurst, Kent  BR7 6SD.  Age groups will range from under 6's up to under 12's.  Further information including registration details will be issued at the end of January 2018.  Please send all enquiries (including your wish to be on the distribution list) to:     

Phoenix Sports Academy Trials (2018-01-16) (2018-03-31)

Phoenix Sports Academy trial - Monday 22nd January 


We are holding our 1st academy trial / session on Monday 22nd January 6.45registration 7pm start at Phoenix Sports Club on 1st Team pitch. 


If you are interested in attending please drop us an email at


The session details are as follows. 


6.45 registration 7pm start - 8.45 finish

Phoenix Sports Club

Maylace Road East


Greater London



Please bring training kit and appropriate boots for the evening. 


Our Football Academy competes in the National u19 youth League , Kent Academies League , FA Youth Cup , National u19 Cup, u17 Kent Cup , English Schools National Cup. 


We will also be holding further trials on 14th & 15th February 10am at Erith School. 


Our academy is based at Erith School. Jack Parkinson UEFA A Licence coach & Welling United 1st team player/coach runs the academy onsite and is assisted by former Millwall & current Dartford forward Alfie Pavey. Faversham Town forward Liam King and Sheppey defender Rob Saunders.


The course will consist of training each afternoon and all fixtures are played on a Wednesday afternoon at Erith Stadium. 


Tonbrdge Angels Academy February Trials (2018-01-14) (2018-02-28)

Angels Academy February Open Trials


Be Part of this September's NEW ACADEMY launch


A second open trial for Year 11 and 12 students will be taking place at Hugh Christie Technology College, White Cottage Road, Tonbridge TN10 4PU between 10 30am and 1 00pm on Wednesday 14th February.


Make sure you apply by or by emailing as soon as possible to book your place.


The new Angels Academy is set to launch this September and will provide you with a chance to develop your footballing potential while at the same time providing you with nationally recognised qualifications (A Levels and/or a BTEC Level 3 in sport) & gaining your FA level 1&2 coaching badges.


Our accompanying image shows the footballers who are now part of the Tonbridge Angels 1st team squad and who came through the Longmead set up.


It can now be revealed that heading up the Academy will be Tom Parkinson (UEFA A Licenced coach), club captain of Tonbridge Angels and Jamie Coyle (UEFA A Licenced coach & FA Tutor) manager of Welling United's 1st team who currently compete in non-league's second tier, National South. Both Tom and Jamie have substantial experience in youth development and teaching. They will of course be supported by a top class educational establishment to provide that classroom backup that is so vital within a successful Academy.


As well as daily football training, Academy members will have the opportunity of being part of a squad competing in the National u19 youth  League or the Kent academies league aswell as the prestigious FA Youth cup.


Don't forget to apply via the link or email address and it could be your first step in obtaining a fulfilling and rewarding career in semi-professional football aswell as further developing you academic profile


For more information check out



Margate FC Academy Trial Announced (2018-01-11) (2018-01-31)

Margate FC is delighted to announce trials for our Post- 16 Academy, in partnership with Herne Bay High, will take place on Monday 12th February on their brand-new 3G pitch at Hartsdown Park.

Trials will commence at 10am and be finished by 12.  

If you are interested in attending please email:

Or alternatively call the school on 01227 361221. 

Find out more information on the academy by clicking here.

Happy New Year 2018 (2018-01-02) (2018-01-31)

I wanted to wish everyone connected with the League a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Football returns on Sunday, and I hope the short break has helped to recharge everyones batteries.

There is still much to play for with League's, League Cups and County Cups still to be decided.

I hope you can all enjoy the 2nd half of the season, and a big thanks to all of you who commit time and effort to providing football for the players in the League. It is in my opinion a real team effort. Thanks to you all.


Dover Athletic Academy Trial Dates 2018-19 (2017-12-14) (2018-02-28)

Details of the trial dates can be found by clicking here and here 

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