Title winners at A and B team level, JMA have had a 2015/16 to remember…Reading would like to congratulate the John Madejski Academy Boys teams after a very successful season at U19 level.
Both the JMA A and B Team’s won their respective leagues in impressive style, with the A team winning 25 games this season, drawing three and losing just two.
The team scored an outstanding 134 goals on their way to the Southern Premier Division league title, in a memorable 2015/16 campaign.
JMA went onto score five or more goals in a game on 14 occasions during the season as they stormed their way to the title.
High praise should also be given to the JMA B team who lifted the league title in the South Division One, winning 15 of their 18 league fixtures, scoring a staggering 85 times in the process.
Some stand-out wins included a 10-1 win over Portsmouth B, putting eight past AFC Wimbledon B and Wycombe Wanderers B, and firing seven past Chelsea Foundation B.
The Royals have a very close relationship with the John Madejski Academy and several of Reading’s academy members were involved in the successes at the school, including goalkeeper and academy scholar Billy Collins, as-well-as several members of the Reading academy’s shadow squad.
JMA and Reading academy member Ramarni Medford-Smith secured an academy scholarship with the Royals this season, with other members of the JMA gaining scholarship and pro contracts at various clubs. Team member Eddie Chappe earned a full scholarship with West Florida University, with these examples showcasing just some of the great work JMA does.
The John Madejski Academy Elite Football programme allows keen young footballers aged between 16 and 19 to continue their academic studies at Sixth Form level while benefiting from training with experienced UEFA-qualified coaches. It is also ideal for players who have just missed the cut with a professional club or who have left a football scholarship and are still committed to making a career as a professional footballer.
As well as a good relationship with Reading, JMA have a strong network of contacts in the Premier League and maximise students’ chances of achieving their dream by bringing them to the attention of professional football scouts as well as preparing them for a range of related career paths.
It is the first time JMA’s A and B teams have both lifted the title in the same season, making 2015/16 a campaign to remember!