Pro:Direct Academy
London Market Road

Up to 280 UCAS points available

Full time, 2 year course

Free for 16-18 year olds

Centres across the United Kingdom


Join a Pro:Direct Academy football education programme and compete like a pro while studying full-time. PDA players take part in regular showcase games against Pro teams & experience exclusive Pro:Direct brand events.Pro:Direct teams have played fixtures against international youth squads and pro club academies.

Four players have signed for professional clubs since season 17/18. Benefit from an outstanding learning and teaching experience which will push you to achieve your best and set you on the path to establishing yourself with the football or sports industry.

September 2020
For 2019 course information, please request a prospectus below.

4-5 GCSE's Level 9-4 including English or Maths, or both.
You will need to be 16 years old by 31st August, ready to start the programme in early September.

FREE for 16-18 year olds



Your Education

A 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-19 year olds.

Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Year 1 - City & Guilds Level 2 Increasing Participation in Sport
Year 2 - City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Sport

UCAS Points
- Up to 280
PATHWAY B - Entry onto any Foundation Degree

Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport.

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments
  • Proven Progression routes

Your Football

During your time at Pro:Direct Academy, you will benefit from:

  • Training from current and ex-professionals at UEFA A and B coaching levels and FA Level 2 & 3
  • Train at one of the many PDA centres across the UK, many having access to 3G pitches
  • Expert coaching from full time professional coaches
  • Up to 6 hours a week of development on your game
  • Football sessions built into timetable
  • Every area of the game covered
  • Train as a squad
  • Strength & Conditioning testing and regular fitness training
  • Selected centres offer GPS performance (PLAYR) and video analysis to maximise understanding & development
  • Individual training programmes and 1:1 time to help you reach your potential
  • Injury physiotherapy and post match recovery tuition on offer
  • Outdoor training and matches during the summer terms
  • Competitive fixtures in College leagues or Select Squad matches vs pro club academies
  • Pro:Direct Academy Tournaments
  • Brand events including product tests and meet and greets with pro or ex-pro players
  • Discount codes for
  • Players will be involved in all aspects of developing their own games. Each player will have his or her own player development programme to which they will be working over the 2 years of the course.

Your Future

Successful completion of your Study Programme will provide you with the option to apply for a Foundation or BA Honours Degree at University in a Sports Related Discipline. As part of the tutorial system, you will receive guidance on how to apply to University, however further information can be found on the UCAS website -

If you decide to combine further study with employment, you will be eligible for an apprenticeship within the sport and leisure industry.

Upon successful completion of your study programme, you will receive information, support and guidance on a variety of aspects, which will support you in securing either full or part time employment in Football, coaching and the leisure industry.

Studying with SCL provides you with an opportunity to play professional or non-professional sport, as well as a pathway to coaching opportunities, in the UK or Abroad, especially the USA.

Your Application


  • An opportunity for you and your parents to hear about the programme
  • Meet the SCL teachers and Academy coaches
  • Understand your exit routes when you graduate from the academy
  • Ask any questions


  • Select your chosen Academy and book your Sports Assessment 
  • Provide the information requested


  • Demonstrate your skills
  • Successful players will be offered an interview


  • One hour Education interview
  • Your chance to ask any questions about the education programme and show your passion for sport

If successful you will be given a conditional offer and then accepted depending on your results in August.

Course Location

Market Road ATP, Market Road, Islington,  London N7 9PL

Eduction Provider

SCL Education Group

Football Provider


Sports Education Prospectus

Kick off your career in sport
Request a copy of our Sports Education Prospectus to find out more about our programmes and how you can kick off your career in sport.
  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.