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LUTON ACADEMY

Football Education Programme (16-18 years Boys) based at Bedfordshire FA

Centre:
Pro:Direct Academy Luton

Location:
Bedfordshire FA, Skimpot Road, Dunstable LU5 4JU

Education Pathways:
Training Provider: UK Sport Academy

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

- NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity: designed as a full, two year programme for students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge of the sector. This qualification supports students interested in progressing to higher education.

- Fitness Instructor Level 2 & 3 (1 year course), entry Requirements – Completion of level 2 or 3

- Sport Management or Sports Coaching Degree (3 year course), entry Requirements – Level 3 Completion


What to Expect:

- Players can explore an opportunity to gain access into universities in the UK and USA.
- 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
- PlayerTek vests
- Weekly Gym Conditioning sessions
- Play in the FA Youth Cup, English College Leagues and the Tactic league

Events at Pro:Direct Luton

YEAR 11 TRIALS FOR SEASON 20/21

TBC
Bedfordshire FA, Skimpot Road, Dunstable, LU5 4JU
3G pitch
Head Coach PDA Luton: Kyle Durcan
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KEVIN RANDALL - Head of Pro:Direct Academy Luton 
Director of Coaching at Pro:Direct Academy Luton, Kevin played and captained Chelsea FC and Barnet FC youth teams,before moving into Semi-Pro Football playing in the Ryman & Southern Football League. He made over 600 appearances for St Albans city FC, Northwood FC, Yeading FC, Biggleswade Town FC, Hemel FC and Barton Rovers FC, winning league titles and league cups. A career that started age 16 lasted until he was 34.

He holds the UEFA B Licence and the FA Youth award and in 2015 he became Director of Coaching at Soccer Chance Academy Bedfordshire (16-19). He is also CEO Director of coaching at HFC Junior Academy (5-12 Foundation age group) and has worked with Arsenal Soccer Schools for 3 years.

Kevin's Dad Alan is Head Scout at Watford FC and was previously the 1st team scout at Tottenham Hotspur FC for over 15 years bringing in players such as Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Dele Alli and many more. Kevin joined Pro:Direct Academy in 2018.

KYLE DURCAN - Lead Coach at Pro:Direct Academy Luton 
UEFA B Licensed Coach and current Advanced Youth Award candidate, Kyle has over 10 years experience as a Development and Academy Coach for Luton Town FC.  In addition, he was the School Liaison Officer and promoted to Operations Manager for Luton Street League, part of Luton Town FC Community Trust. Kyle was previously employed as a Behaviour & Sports Tutor at Active Support Education Centre, supporting positive behaviour and providing high quality personalised Key Stage 3 & 4 learning in an educational provision. He has also been responsible for the delivery of the Sports Leadership programme.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Kyle since August 2019 when I joined Luton Town as Head of Coaching. In his role as Foundation Phase Coach with Luton Town's Cat 3 academy I have been nothing short of astounded by his work. Not just his work with all players football wise, but the time and effort he has put in to getting to know each player and building a real strong relationship with each one, as well as building a strong bond with the parents of each player. His attention to detail around his session planning is impressive and as a result I have seen all players thrive and flourish under his care and leadership. It is clearly evident that Kyle has a passion to develop and inspire young footballers on the pitch that show the right work ethic, attitude and respect but he is also working hard to create good human beings off of the pitch and that for me is a superb combination. Personally as a father of three boys I would have no hesitation in leaving any of my boys' future prospects to Kyle as I would be entirely comfortable and confident that they would excel within his care”
 
Adrian Forbes , Luton Town, Head of Coaching and Professional Player Development


DELANO STEWART
- Lead Tutor at Pro:Direct Academy Luton 
Delano is a university graduate and achieved a 1st class BA (Hons) degree in Football Studies and gained an MA Leadership and Management in Sport and Physical Activity. Delano was previously employed as Lead Tutor at Educ8 delivering a BTEC level 2 in sport. Delano played football for Sheffield and Hallamshire FA from ages 16-19 years old and played Semi-Professional football until the age of 20 years old for Hallam FC and Sheffield FC. He also represented Manchester Metropolitan University's Men’s football 1st team and the University of Bedfordshire Men's Futsal 1st team while studying at university. He joined Pro:Direct Academy in Summer 2019.

Contact PDA Luton


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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