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DEVON ACADEMY

Education & Development Programmes (13-18 years) at South Devon College

Centre:
Pro:Direct Academy Devon 

Location:
South Devon College, Eight Acre Drive, White Rock, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7TP


Education Pathways:

Players can study on a 1 or 2 year full-time football education programme including these academic options:

Academic Courses: Level 3

— NCFE Level 3 Diploma Sports Coaching
— BTEC Sports Science Level 3 Extended Diploma
— You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above
— This must include Maths and English
— You could progress onto an apprenticeship, a degree, or employment


Academic Courses: Level 2
— Level 2 OCR Sport Science
— Level 2 NVQ Football (Activity Leadership)
— Equivalent to 4 GCSEs
— Vocational: combines industry skills with academic skills
— You could progress to a Level 3 pathway if you achieve an overall Merit and have attained
GCSEs in both Maths and English


Additional Opportunities
— Level 2 Community Sports Leader Award
— Level 3 Higher Sports Leader Award
— National Governing Bodies Coaching Qualifications
— First Aid
— YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
— Trips and visits
— High quality work experience placements


Exit Routes (UK):
- University Centre South Devon or elsewhere
- Professional or semi-professional football clubs
- PDA Devon has a partnership with Torquay United FC. PDA players are invited to train with the National League South Champions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uccfWbDbriw
- Apprentiships or higher level courses


Exit Routes & Scholarships (USA):
— Pro:Direct Academy will be running trips from Easter 2019 to offer behind the scenes opportunities to witness the facilities and levels of play in US college/university soccer programmes.
— Scholarships offer a chance to experience the US education system if successful in gaining athletic and academic scholarship funding.
— Experience life on a US college/university campus: a once in a lifetime experience.
— Chance to showcase your football talent with US college/university coaches, players and educators.

Matches:
Play in the ECFA College League and FA Youth Cup. Enjoy Nike kit, regular fixtures against teams from pro Academies & trials with the very latest football
products and exclusive Pro:Direct events.


Staff:

CHRIS TODD - Head of Pro:Direct Academy Devon 
The former Eastleigh FC manager, experienced professional player with Swansea City FC, Exeter City FC & Torquay United FC.

DANIEL GAZE - Programme Coordinator at Pro:Direct Academy Devon
Semi-professional football experience in the South West with contacts at PDA and clubs across the UK.

CRAIG HUTCHESON - Lead Coach at Pro:Direct Academy Devon
Former Head of Torquay United Community Sports Trust.

JAMIE RICHARDS - Coach at Pro:Direct Academy Devon 
Pro footballer who plays as a defender for Truro City, has played for Plymouth Argyle & Torquay United.

NIALL THOMPSON - Coach at Pro:Direct Academy Devon
Semi-Pro player at Truro City FC, former pro at Torquay United FC. Strength & Conditioning expert.

AUSTEN BOOTH - Coach at Pro:Direct Academy Devon
Former student turned coach and player with Truro City FC and Buckland Athletic FC.


News from PDA Devon:
PDA Devon players have been enjoying using the new multi-million pound Sports Centre with 3G every week. They have also been improving via sessions with Torquay United FC 1st Team, under the guidance of Manager Gary Johnson, Assistant Aaron Downes, Head of Youth Dave Hedges and Head of Academy Shaun Taylor.


More information: contact us now

News: https://www.southdevon.ac.uk/news/2017/11/09/pro-direct-academy-south-devon-tq4-welcomes-new-coaches



GIRLS PROGRAMMES RUNNING NOW FOR SEASON 2019/20 (Girls only 10-18 years)
See the navigation bar for more about PDA Devon Girls Programmes

Sessions & Venues

Vantage Point, Long Rd, Paignton TQ4 7EJ

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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 centre across the UK

Represent Pro Direct Academy in exclusive Academy kit.

Study alongside your football and gain your qualifications.

Take your chance on Pro club trials.

What to Expect

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Exit Routes

University Courses

Employment

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Crest (and ball)

Scholarships

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