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BUCKS ACADEMY

Football Education Programme (16-18 years boys) in Buckinghamshire

Centre
Pro:Direct Academy Bucks

Location:
Study/Train/Play: Thame Football Partnership, Meadow Park View, Thame, OX9 3RN
- Enclosed floodlit stadium grass pitch - Full size brand new AGP (as of March 2021) - 2x full size grass pitches (one of which floodlit) - 7aside Astro - 9v9, 7v7, 5v5 grass pitches

Education Pathways: 
Training Provider: Bucks Sport Academy

The team at Pro:Direct Academy Bucks is dedicated to developing extraordinary players and people both on and off the pitch. This programme is specifically designed for boys to play, compete and study full-time with Bucks Sport Academy.

What could you study?

What could you study?
Level 2 TBC
Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Sport (equivalent to 3 A levels)
FA Playmaker FA Introduction to Coaching Football

PDA Bucks use superb local training facilities. We have positive relationships with local centres and clubs, working closely to offer our students exceptional playing, coaching opportunities as well as educational experiences in a friendly, safe environment.


What to Expect:
- 8-12 hours of professional coaching per week with highly experienced and qualified staff.
- UEFA Pro licence and UEFA A/B Licensed coaches develop players in all aspects of the game.
- Play competitive matches in the top divisions of The Tactic League and Cup.
- Compete in matches vs PDA Academy centres & Professional academies.
- Train at first class football facilities.
- Purchase exclusive discounted Pro Direct Academy training and Nike playing kit.
- Experience university visits, work placements and part-time employment with Pro Direct Academy and partner Bucks Sport Academy. - Guest speakers from professional sports people
- Players can explore an opportunity to gain access into universities in the UK and USA
- Test the very latest football products and visit exclusive Pro:Direct events.

Player Pathway 

Thame United FC

PDA Bucks are also proud to be partnered with Thame United FC, Step 4 Southern Football league. Providing a bespoke player pathway and competitive matches for players.

Pro Direct Eleven/Showcase Events
Players reaching the required standard will have the opportunity to be selected to trial for the Pro Direct Eleven squad. Achieving a place in the squad will lead to fixtures against professional academies for players to showcase their talent.

Events at PDA Bucks:

Wednesday 14th April 2021 18:00 – 19:30
Thame Football Partnership, Meadow Park View, Thame, OX9 3RN
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Coaches

Paul Batchelor - Head of Pro:Direct Academy Bucks/Bucks Sport Academy
Paul is a qualified UEFA ‘B’ License coach. Paul became owner of Bucks Sport Academy in 2020, he is responsible for the 16-19 programme. Paul started his journey on a similar programme and has worked in community and professional academy environment for over 23 years. He is also currently 1st Team coach with Aylesbury United FC, who play in the Southern League.


Richard Horner - Head of Education Pro:Direct Academy Bucks/Bucks Sport Academy
Richard is a qualified teacher and UEFA Pro License coach. He is also a coach developer working with professional academy coaches. Richard has a vast amount of experience working with both players and coaches in every age group. He has recently been with Pearson to write online curriculum content for their qualifications.

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PLAYER REWARDS

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

WHAT TO EXPECT

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.

Players should make our coaches aware of any medical conditions before joining Pro:Direct Academy or starting any of our programmes or sessions.

Any issues regarding the welfare of players is taken seriously and our UEFA & FA Licensed Coaches can forward parents and players to the Welfare Officer.

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