A Kent football club has announced they are to create a full-time post-16 football and development academy – the first of its kind in its district.
Folkestone Invicta will begin a two-year, Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity course at the BuildKent Stadium in September for students who have just completed their GCSEs.
Combining both academic learning and regular football training by UEFA-licensed coaches, the programme will give the Isthmian Premier side the opportunity to promote youth into the club’s first-team upon completion as they look to rocket up the football pyramid.
Academy manager Mark Taylor, who will spearhead the programme alongside founder Dominic Castle, believes it will also allow the club to attract the next pool of talent in the area.
He said: “It’s the perfect opportunity for these guys to learn their craft, and perhaps become the next captain for the club.
“Of course the academic side is the most important aspect of the course, but away from the classroom they will also be able to develop as people.”
Invicta will be in partnership with Active Community Development – an educational provider who also supports academies nearby in Dover.
You can listen to our interview with founder, Mr Castle, below.