FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is Football Futures based?
We are based in South East Kent. We operate sessions in Whitstable, Canterbury, Herne Bay, Thanet and Faversham at present.
How much for a session?
Our sessions vary in price on the service you are looking for. You can visit all our sessions under football services.
How do I order kit?
We have a kit provider who provides our Academy kit. You can purchase a Football Futures full kit or individual items through their website at kitmyclub.org. Once your order is placed we will let you know when your items are ready.
Are parents allowed to watch the sessions?
Definitely. Parents are allowed to watch at every session, we kindly ask parents remain behind the fence around the facility. We have a no shouting policy from the side so please adhere to this policy and allow your child to focus on the session with the coach.
Who can come and train with you?
We have sessions available for ages 4-19 years old of all abilities, each session is catered for different abilities.
What league do your Whitstable Town FC Academy play in?
We currently have two squads which compete in two different leagues. Our Squad 1 compete in the National Youth U19 Alliance League (the highest league out of professional academy football) and our squad 2 compete in the SCL Development League.
Who are you in partnership with?
You can check out our partnerships tab which will give you an insight into who we are partnered with. This is under the ‘ABOUT US’ tab.
Do you coach professional players?
Yes we work with lots of professional players from League 2 to the Premier League. We have a PRO 1-1 reviews tab under our work which will show the professional players we have worked with and feedback from them about the sessions.
How do I apply for the Whitstable Town FC Academy?
We hold 3-4 trials per year to be accepted onto our academy which starts in September each academic year. The process is as follows:
1. Book your trial via our webpage.
2. Attend a trial and showcase your ability.
3. If accepted and offered a place you will be invited to an interview with the academy manager and education tutor.
4. Purchase your training kit so we know your fully committed.
5. Attend pre season in August (a month before we start) to ensure your getting yourself ready for when we start full-time in September.
Do you provide school sessions, if so what do you offer?
We work with a number of primary schools in Kent. We offer a varied amount of sessions from Breakfast Clubs, lunch time clubs, after school clubs, PPA and school team training. You can see our primary school tab which will give you more of an insight of what we offer under football services (primary schools).
Do players get to go abroad on tours?
We take our players on yearly tours abroad each year.
Our Advanced Academy travelled to Holland to compete in the Easter open in April 2019. Our U10’s done extremely well losing out in the final to Nottingham Forest 2-1. Our Whitstable Town FC Academy normally go to Spain each year. Our players won the Barcelona U19 Cup in 2018 defeating Deportivo La Coruna on penalties.
Do you have any links with professional clubs?
We have links with a number of professional clubs due to our involvement and connections within professional football. Our director Josh Algar is a scout for West Ham FC, Carl Laraman for Arsenal FC & Swindon, Zach Foster-Crouch (Advanced Academy Coach) currently is the U15/U16 manager at Gillingham FC and Peter Frampton (Advanced Academy Coach) is a coach at Chelsea FC.
What level are you coaches?
Our talented coaches are a combination of Level 2, UEFA B and UEFA A qualified with professional playing background in football.
What pathways can players take after the 2 years with the Whitstable Town FC Academy?
We have many pathways our players can progress into. On the football side: semi professional and professional football in England, USA scholarships in the states, playing semi professional or professional in Spain, France, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand through our extensive contacts and partnerships.
On the Education side, players can progress on to University, apprenticeships, full time employment, sports marketing, sports analysis, coaching, teaching and more.
What are you cancellation policies?
With our 1-1 sessions we have a 24 hour cancellation policy with a charge of £10. No refund is given if you cancel any session or camp, if no notice is given within 24 hours. Due to high demand and facilities cost.
With our evening sessions Development Centre and Advanced Academy this is done on a standing order and no refunds are given if you miss a session.
Is their a cost to joining the Whitstable Town FC Academy?
Their is no cost for joining our Whitstable Town FC Academy. Our programme is fully funded by the government. Their is a small cost to purchase a training kit for the season ahead, that’s all.
Is their an early drop off option for your half term soccer schools?
Yes we have an early drop off option available from 9am-10am before our day starts at 10am. The early drop off option is £2 per day.
I would like to speak to someone from the team, how do I get in contact?
If you go to the ‘CONTACT US’ tab. Please fill out our contact us form and someone from the team will be in contact to help you with your enquiry.
Do you guarantee players to be scouted/signed?
We will never guarantee any player who attends our sessions that we will get them scouted or signed at any stage. If we feel a player is at a certain level, where we feel they would stand a chance in a professional club and suit the player profile of the club we will use our extensive contacts to arrange an opportunity for this player to go in for a trial.
Can Academy players still play for Sunday league teams?
Yes. Players who join our Academy can still play for their Saturday/ Sunday teams. Our Academy is Monday-Friday so the players are still able to play for their local clubs if they wish. All we say is, make sure you manage your work load and balance it off. As training full-time as well as playing Saturday/ Sunday, is a lot of football. At 16-19 years old, recovery is just as important to sustain your performances and remain injury free.