High Performance Football Programme

The Henley college High Performance Football Programme offers 16-19 year olds an opportunity for talented footballers to study and play a high level of football. This is an excellent opportunity for young footballers to earn USA Soccer Scholarships or progress into non-league football in the UK. Under the guidance UEFA A licence coach, students follow a full time football programme alongside studying A levels or a wide range of level 3 diplomas including the BTEC level 3 sports and exercise diploma for those looking for a future in sports. It is an intensive programme with a total of up to 7 hours training in the week with fixtures on Wednesday. As well as having the opportunity to learn, develop and improve on the pitch, players follow a Strength and Conditioning programme, and receive nutrition and lifestyle advice.


Head coach Kester Buckland has an excellent range of coaching and strength and conditioning qualifications. Kester has experience of coaching in the US and at football clubs such as Brentford FC and Aldershot FC. Kester has been a PE teacher and football coach for 20 years with a 69%-win ratio in 10 seasons at college standard.

UEFA A Licence (Level 4)

FA Youth Award (Level 3)

FA Coaching Goalkeeping Level 2

S&C Level 3

BSc Sport Science

PGCE Physical Education


The Henley college football programme have been on 2 recent tours. Germany (2014) and Spain (2016).

The second tour took place in Madrid, Spain in 2016 at Ciudad Del Futbol. Training each day at Spain’s national football center, the team played 3 fixtures against high quality local opposition. The tour also included a trip to Real Madrid’s famous Bernabeu stadium for a Saturday’s La Liga fixture. The students also got to experience other local sights such as the Plaza Mayor and La Puerta del sol and watched Athletico Madrid’s U17 side play a friendly.

There is set to be another tour in early 2018 location to be confirmed.

Former students

Former student and Defender Ed Gadd (2014-16) is currently in America on a soccer scholarship for Genesee University, New York.

Former student and Central Midfielder Ed Jabbari (2014-16) is now playing ‘Soccer’ in America with a scholarship to Newman University in Kansas. 

Ed Gadd
Ed Jabbari


Keep up-to-date with trial dates, match reports and news on our Twitter account @HenleyFootball

For further information please contact Kester Buckland kbuc@henleycol.ac.uk.

Match Reports

Tactic League Premier Division Table

FAB Academy 6 5 1 0 16 16
Stevenage FC (EDP) 6 4 1 1 10 13
Oxford City FC 7 4 1 2 4 13
GPS Premier 4 2 1 1 9 7
Soccer Chance Academy 6 2 1 3 -3 7
Henley College 6 2 1 3 -5 7
Milton Keynes College 4 1 0 3 -5 3
Hungerford FC 4 0 1 3 -7 1
Bucks Sports Academy 5 0 1 4 -19 1