The Southern League Football Academy (SLFA) is delighted to announce that Southern League side, Kempston Rovers Football Club have joined the programme, taking the number of clubs up to 12.

Kempston Rovers FC vice chair Andy Kirby commented; “The whole club is delighted to be joining the Southern League Football Academy. We are excited to get involved with such a professional organisation that has enjoyed many years’ experience of running the Northern Premier League Football Academy and set the bench mark for football and education programmes.

“As one of the most historic clubs in North Bedfordshire, we feel that joining the SLFA is a brilliant way to take the club into the future; providing a top quality education as well as a footballing platform for the community we take such pride in. 

“Although there are a number of football and education programmes out there, we believed that joining the SLFA was the correct choice. Along with great links with professional organisations, the SLFA strike a perfect balance between football and education. This allows us to not only develop the footballing ability of our academy but also further their education and prepare them for the future.

“With the first team firmly established in the Southern League Division One Central, we feel we have the perfect environment to bring through an academy and hope to filter through some young talent into the first team.”

An SLFA Spokesperson said: “We are thrilled to welcome Kempston RoversFC on board to work with us from September 2020. Having a team like Rovers, that is among the oldest in the area, with such a rich history is brilliant to see and we are looking forward to developing their academy with them.”

Recruitment begins now for a September 2020 start and interested applicants can apply at:


There is a maximum of twenty-two places available for Kempston Rovers FC. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 19th February. Welcome to the Walnut Boys!



The Southern League Football Academy in conjunction with the Southern League. We are the second (after the NPL Football Academy) in English football to launch a youth league and academy combining football with further education.

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