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LANCASHIRE ACADEMY

Development & Education Programmes (6-18 year olds)

Located in Lytham St Annes, near Blackpool, PDA Lancashire is the leading Education Programme across the UK with a rich history of professional players, this is the centre for elite players 16-18 years and also grass roots junior players. 

Education Programme players qualify to be selected for the Pro:Direct Elite UK Squad that has enjoyed matches versus illustrious opponents such as Northern Ireland, Manchester City and Derby County to date. Exit routes include pro contracts in the UK and USA and players from pro club exit trials are invited to trial with us. Other options include university degree courses in the UK and overseas and coaching within pro clubs or Pro:Direct Academy centres.


Education Programme (16-18 years)

PDA Lancashire provides elite level coaching across the region. This centre offers an experienced approach to player development as the coaching team have strong links across the football family via Head Coach and ex England International Trevor Sinclair.
Joint Head Coach Jamie Milligan (UEFA A Licenced) brings his ex professional game knowledge (Blackpool, Fleetwood Town) to this high level centre. Click on the Education tab above for more.

Trevor Sinclair (Head Coach)
Ex England International Trevor Sinclair started his career at Blackpool where he played from 1989 to 1993. On making made his debut for Blackpool he became the club's youngest ever first team player, at 16 years. Trevor was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road in April 2006.

QPR & Awards
1993 saw Trevor move to Queens Park Rangers for £600,000, a figure which broke Blackpool's record transfer sale. He won the October 1995 Premier League Player of the Month award and in May 1997 he won the BBC's Match of the Day "Goal of the Season" competition with a memorable bicycle kick from outside the penalty area whilst playing for QPR in an FA Cup match against Barnsley. In five years at QPR, he made 168 league appearances, scoring 16 goals.

West Ham United
In January 1998, he moved to West Ham for a combined fee of £2.3 million. He scored two goals on his West Ham debut and seven goals in the remaining 14 games to help West Ham achieve an eighth-place finish in the Premier League.
He was a regular over the next two seasons often playing on the left wing enjoying a great understanding with the likes of Paolo Di Canio and Frederic Kanoute as he won his bid to play at the World Cup for England in that position.
Forced to cut costs, West Ham accepted a £3.3m bid for the player from Manchester City.He made 177 league appearances and scored 37 goals.

Manchester City
Trevor scored City's first competitive goal at the new City of Manchester Stadium in a UEFA Cup tie against Welsh side Total Network Solutions.At the beginning of his career at Manchester City,
he played on the left wing, where he had performed for England at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. However, the departure of Shaun Wright-Phillips presented the opportunity for him to play on his preferred right wing.

England
Trevor was capped for the senior side in 2001, earning 12 caps in total for England, four of which came in the 2002 World Cup. He was widely regarded as one of England's best players in the tournament,
doing a job on England's then "problem left hand side".

Coaching
A UEFA A Licence Coach, Trevor was Assistant Manager of Lancaster City and is now Head Coach of Pro:Direct Academy Lancashire.

He says:

“We believe there is a shortfall in provision for late developers and lads can often slip through the net. Just look at Jamie Vardy – he could have fallen out of love with the game. It’s about giving the lads some self-esteem, getting them fit and then giving them every chance to be as good as they can be. “I think a lot of youngsters are mollycoddled in academies, which can often be very suppressive. For us it’s about developing people as well as players.”

 

Jamie Milligan (Head Coach)

UEFA A Licence Coach Jamie started started his career in 1997 as a trainee at Everton. He had four league appearances as a sub before he left to join Blackpool in 2001. He stayed there until August 2003, scoring one goal in 29 league games and once in the Football League Trophy.He fractured a foot in training in 2002, an injury which kept him out for five months. After a brief spell at Macclesfield Town, he moved to Leigh RMI. He then played for Hyde United, who loaned him to Fleetwood in August 2004 after he had recovered from an injury to a cruciate ligament of the knee. Towards the end of the 2004-05 season he made eight appearances for Blackpool's reserves.

Champions with Fleetwood Town
Moving to Fleetwood Town in 2006 he bacame club captain and was their leading scorer in the 2007–08 season with 21 goals. He won promotion to the Conference North as champions of the Northern Premier League Premier Division,
and was named both the fans' Player of the Season and the players' Player of the Season. On 23 May 2008 he signed a new three-year contract at the club.

In 2008, he was voted as the Premier Division Player of the Year and was presented with the Peter Swales Memorial Trophy.
He then joined Stockport and was made captain.

Coaching
In 2008 Jamie teamed up with then Premier League player Gavin McCann to launch the first football academy on the Fylde coast - The Milligan-McCann Academy aimed at 8- to 12-year-olds in Lytham St Annes.
Jamie has also been a coach at Blackpool's Centre of Excellence, developing the under-14 team. He became joint Head coach of Pro:Direct Academy Lancashire in 2018.

He says:

“My YTS was the best two years’ experience of my life. I will never forget it. That’s the sort of experience we’re trying to recreate. There was a great camaraderie and we have all stayed in touch. It’s the right environment to learn football. “We offer something different to what is already provided and we’re enthusiastic. It’s not just about getting youngsters in and spitting them out at the end – it’s about moulding them as young boys and girls.”

 

Click on our 'GET IN TOUCH' button above or email us at: info@prodirectacademy.com to register your interest now.

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.

Take your chance on Pro club trials.

LANCASHIRE ACADEMY: EDUCATION PROGRAMME

PDA Lancashire provides elite level coaching for 16-18 year old players across the region. This centre offers an experienced approach to player development as the coaching team have strong links across the football family via Head Coach and ex England International Trevor Sinclair.
Joint Head Coach Jamie Milligan (UEFA A Licenced) brings his ex professional game knowledge (Blackpool, Fleetwood Town) to this centre.

Players can expect to:

Receive exclusive Pro Direct Academy Nike training and playing kit.

Study full-time on either a BTEC or NVQ Sport qualification.

Experience university visits, work placements and part-time employment with Pro Direct Academy.

Play against and trial with professional and semi-pro clubs to develop a football career.

Enjoy exit routes to the USA via our contacts with universities and experience with scholarship applications.


Applications and information: click on 'GET IN TOUCH' above or email us at: info@prodirectacademy.com

WHAT TO EXPECT

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).

EXIT ROUTES

UK University Courses

USA University Courses

Employment

Professional Clubs

Semi-Pro Clubs

Coaching Positions

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