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Development & Education Programmes (16-21 year old Girls)

Pro:Direct Academy Nottingham - Girls

Pro:Direct Stadium, Eastwood Community FC, Chewton St, Eastwood, Nottingham NG16 3HB

Education Pathways:
There are two routes – BTEC or NVQ up to level 3. Both will set you up for a great career in Sport or Sports Coaching. We have had learners who now play at pro and semi-pro football clubs in the UK or coach in the USA.

- The course includes 10 hours of professional UEFA coaching and two match days per week, as well as support with Maths and English if needed

BSc degree available: 

After a very successful two years of running a Higher National Diploma for students, PDA Nottingham have been granted the opportunity to extend the students pathway by providing them with an additional year to top up their qualification to a full Degree.

The HND in Sports and Exercise Science has provided our BTEC learners with the ideal pathway from Further Education into Higher Education, whilst continuing their full-time football at the Academy. Upon completion of the 2 year HND course, students will now have the opportunity to top up their qualification to a BA (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Management with this final year taking place at Eastwood CFC.
The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science at Eastwood CFC follows the Coaching Science pathway and provides a solid grounding which students can build on as they continue their studies beyond the Level 4 Certificate stage. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise in more specific career paths associated with Sports Coaching and Sport and Exercise Science and progression routes to degree-level study. The purpose of our Higher National’s in Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching Science) is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employment in the Sport and Exercise Science sector.

After gaining Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications students can top up to the full degree.

Partner Club - Eastwood CFC:
PDA Nottingham Girls are proud to be partnered with Eastwood CFC, providing competitive matches for players. Regular Pro:Direct Academy league matches take place with Eastwood CFC Ladies playing in the East Midland Regional Women's Football League. Pro:Direct Academy Nottingham Girls play against college teams in the AoC Sport East Midlands Women's League. 

Partner Club - Nottingham Forest Ladies:
Eastwood CFC are  pleased to be in partnership with Nottingham Forest Ladies.

Forest Ladies who currently ply their trade in the FA Women’s National League North, are based at Eastwood CFC’s state of the art 3G Pro:Direct Stadium. Graham Abercrombie’s side used the facility when they faced Doncaster Rovers Belles on Sunday 3rd February which saw a season-high crowd look on from the stands.

Nottingham Forest Ladies side have high ambitions to progress through the pyramid and have decided that the PSUSA 3G Arena is the ideal venue to help them achieve this. Since 2003 the club have won the Nottinghamshire FA Women’s County Cup 12 times along with a number of different accolades.

Events at PDA Nottingham:

Tuesday 16th April
GIRLS 10am-12pm 
 Pro:Direct Stadium, Eastwood CFC, Chewton St, Eastwood, Nottingham NG16 3HB
To book your place: Contact Us


JAMIE BENNETT - Head of Pro:Direct Academy Nottingham 
Jamie's host of qualifications including a BSc in Sport & Business Management and a Masters Degree in Strategic Management from the University of Derby means he is able to understand the precise needs of learners at PDA Nottingham. A Senior Team Leader at Nottinghamshire College until 2004, he moved on to be Director of until 2011. A 5 year spell at Portland college followed with Jamie taking the role of Chairman and Owner at Eastwood CFC in 2015. He became Head of PDA Nottingham 2 years later.

NICKI DELA SALLE - Lead Coach at Pro:Direct Academy Nottingham Girls 
Former Chelsea and England footballer Nicki De La Salle is the Ladies team manager at PDA Nottingham. A talented athlete, she ended her playing career with Nottingham Forest and having remained in the area now concentrates on athletics and football coaching. She was playing in the Women's Premier League at 14 and was with Chelsea for about eight years, also coming through the England youth setup for three or four years. After leaving Chelsea she moved to Charlton Athletic until they folded due to funding issues, then on to Bristol and Southampton before spending a short time at Nottingham Forest.

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12-14 Hours of Coaching with UEFA A Licensed Expert Coaches.

Professional game experienced coach-devised programmes to advance players both on and off the pitch towards earning a Pro Contract.

Compete weekly against Professional Clubs in competitive and trial games.

Train everyday at leading football facilities across the UK.

Represent Pro Direct Academy in exclusive Nike kit.

Study alongside your football and gain your qualifications.

Take your chance on Pro club trials.


A fun, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.

Development & Elite Level sessions to cater for players of all abilities.

Premium venues including 3G pitches.

Inspiring and dynamic coaching from DBS checked UEFA and FA Licensed coaches.

Specialist female and goalkeeper coaches (where available).

Core PDA values instilled in coaches, players and parents.

League matches (selected centres).


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USA University Courses


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