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HITCHIN ACADEMY

Education Programme (16-18 years Boys) in partnership with Hitchin Town & Luton Town

Centre:
Pro:Direct Academy Hitchin

Location:
The Arena, Norton Rd, Baldock SG7 5AU

Education Pathways:

The 1 or 2 year full-time Football Education Programme delivers a sports coaching pathway in:

- BTEC Level 2 and BTEC Level 3 
- NVQ qualifications offered in NVQ level 2 Activity Leadership 
- Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport.

The BTEC based education programme is delivered by our Partners SCL, an approved BTEC Centre. Pro:Direct deliver the football training.

What to Expect:

- Players can explore an opportunity to gain access into universities in the UK and USA.
- Play in the National League Alliance Youth League & ECFA College League.
- Enjoy elite level Nike kit & equipment
- Regular fixtures against teams from Pro Academies
- Test the very latest football products and visit exclusive Pro:Direct events.

PRO:DIRECT HITCHIN UNDER 16s DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
Enhance and develop your skills with these sessions in addition to any training you currently undertake and excel in your team at t
he Pro:Direct U16 Development Centre in conjunction with Hitchin Town FC. Sessions led by former pro player, Academy Lead Coach: Damon Lathrope

Fridays, 5-6pm on 3G 
Free of charge, from Friday, 8th March 2019

Register your details online: www.northhertsarena.co.uk/pro-direct

EVENTS FOR SEASON 19/20

FA Youth Cup Trial - Fri 9th August 
16:00-17:30 
Open Training Session 1 - Mon 12th August 11:00-13:00
Open Training Session 2 - Fri 16th August 11:00-13:00
Recruitment Open Day & Training Session - Weds 28th August 16:00-18:00
Open Training Session 3 - Fri 30th August 11:00-13:00

Hitchin Town CFC, The Arena, Norton Rd, Baldock SG7 5AU
Contact Lead Coach: Damon Lathrope
email PDA Hitchin


MARK BURKE - Head of Pro:Direct Academy Hitchin 
Mark joined Hitchin Town FC in 1985 as a youngster after playing at QPR and Luton. Going on to make more than 700 appearances for the Canaries, he captained them to a League title in 1992/93 and promotion in 1999/00. Other career highlights were victories against Hereford United and Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup. Mark became First Team Manager in May 2013. He shapes the delivery of Pro Direct Academy Arena at the club with a view to guiding PDA players in to club football and alternative career routes in coaching and higher education.

DAMON LATHROPE - Lead Coach at Pro:Direct Academy Hitchin 
UEFA B Licensed Coach Damon began his career as a youngster with Norwich City before being signed by manager Paul Buckle for then Torquay United in the summer of 2010. He was part of the Gulls side which reached the 2011 League Two Play-Off Final vs Stevenage at Wembley, before also narrowly missing out on promotion the following season. After four years at Plainmoor he joined Aldershot Town but re-joined Torquay in July 2016. After 2 years in the South West, Damon joined fellow National League side Woking on a one-and-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. While injury soon forced him to retire from the pro game, he has been using his elite level coaching qualifications to good affect with Pro:Direct Academy since 2019.


Email: hitchin@prodirectacademy.com

Applications: click on 'GET IN TOUCH' above.
Club info: https://hitchintownfc.club

Sessions & Venues

Pro:Direct Academy, The Arena, Norton Rd, Baldock, Hertfordshire SG7 5AU

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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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