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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:
Education Partner: VLUK

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
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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.

ANDREW LEITH - Lead Coach at Pro:Direct Academy Nottingham Girls 
Andy's career in Ladies Football speaks volume, with two FA Women’s Premier League Championships (Reserve Division) in two seasons with two different teams (Nottingham Forest LFC and Leicester City WFC). He also lead Eastwood Ladies CFC to 4th position in the East Midlands Womens Regional Football League for Season 18/19 and to the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in the clubs history.

In his very first season as Head Coach, at Nottingham Forest LFC resulted in being crowned the 2014-15 FA Women’s Premier League Champions without losing a single league match. We won the league by 7 points and had the very best defence in the league conceding only 9 goals in 16 games.

Andy was then appointed Manager of Leicester City WFC at the end of the 2014-15 season, a season in which the team had finished bottom of the league and having just lost 12 consecutive league games. Within one year, the team went from the very bottom of the league to the very top and were crowned league champions 2015-16. The team gained 25 more points than in the previous season and improved the goal difference by 67 goals (the best goal difference in the league).

Andy's Leicester City WFC team is the only team in the history of the FA Women’s Premier League to win the league having finished bottom of the league in the previous season.

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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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