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Football Education Programme (16-18 year old Boys & Girls)

Pro:Direct Academy Lancashire

Woodlands Memorial Ground, Blackpool Rd, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 4EL

Education Pathways 
Training Provider: (Ofsted Grade 2, Good) Coaching Connexions
Students can study for pathways in football, coaching & fitness, gaining a Level 3 BTEC in Sport.

What to Expect:
- 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.

What our 2nd Graduates say:
"Cheers lads, Mill, Trev, for the best 2 years of my life. It's been absolutely class, made memories that I'll never forget and made mates who will be friends for life. All the best in the future lads, been absolutely class."

JAMIE MILLIGAN - Lead Coach at Pro:Direct Academy Lancashire

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.

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.”

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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

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