Get in touch


Football Education Programmes (16-21 year olds Boys)

Pro:Direct Academy Nottingham

Pro:Direct Stadium, Eastwood Community FC, Chewton St, Eastwood, Nottingham NG16 3HB

Education Pathways:
Training Provider: Virtual Learning UK

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 professional 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

BA (Hons) 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: PDA Nottingham are proud to be partnered with Eastwood CFC, providing competitive matches for players. Regular Pro:Direct Academy league matches take place in The National League U19 Alliance with selected players featuring for Eastwood CFC First Team in the East Midlands Counties Football League. Eastwood CFC Development (U21s) play in the Samba Nottingham Senior League.

Events at PDA Nottingham:

Pro:Direct Stadium, Eastwood CFC, Chewton St, Eastwood, Nottingham NG16 3HB
To book your place: Contact Us


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.

More information: Contact Us

Girls Education Programme (16-18 years)
A girls only education programme is available, visit:


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).


UK University Courses

USA University Courses


Professional Clubs

Semi-Pro Clubs

Coaching Positions

Follow our journey