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THE ARENA ACADEMY

Education Programme (16-18 years Boys) in partnership with Hitchin Town & Luton Town

The Arena Pro:Direct Academy is based at the Arena - North Hertfordshire's state-of-the-art football training facility, located on the edge of Baldock, Hertfordshire. The programme feeds players in to and has excellent links with both Hitchin Town FC and Luton Town FC.

Experienced Head Coach and former professional player Mark Burke and his well qualified coaching team are dedicated to developing extraordinary boys as great people both on and off the pitch, and have been doing so for many years. Our education programme is specifically designed for players of 16-18 years to play, compete and study full-time, with a possible pathway in to the National League Football Club. Players combine football with their education to exceed expectations.

The 1 or 2 year full-time Football Education Programme delivers a sports coaching pathway in:


- BTEC Level 2 and BTEC Level 3
- NVQ qualifications offered in NVQ level 2 Activity Leadership
- Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport.

Also new for August 2018: an online degree BSc in Sports Science & Coaching Football for college leavers.

- Players can explore an opportunity to gain access into universities in the UK and USA.
- Play in the National League Alliance Youth League & ECFA College League.
- Enjoy elite level Nike kit & equipment
- Regular fixtures against teams from Pro Academies
- Test the very latest football products and visit exclusive Pro:Direct events.

Head Coach - Mark Burke
Mark joined Hitchin Town FC in 1985 as a youngster after playing at QPR and Luton. Going on to make more than 700 appearances for the Canaries, he captained them to a League title in 1992/93 and promotion in 1999/00. Other career highlights were victories against Hereford United and Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup. Mark became First Team Manager in May 2013. He shapes the delivery of Pro Direct Academy Arena at the club with a view to guiding PDA players in to club football and alternative career routes in coaching and higher education.

Email: info@prodirectacademy.com
Applications: click on 'GET IN TOUCH' above.
Club info: https://hitchintownfc.club

Sessions & Venues

Pro:Direct Academy, The Arena, Norton Rd, Baldock, Hertfordshire SG7 5AU

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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 facilities across the UK.

Represent Pro Direct Academy in exclusive Nike kit.

Study alongside your football and gain your qualifications

WHAT TO EXPECT

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.

Players should make our coaches aware of any medical conditions before joining Pro:Direct Academy or starting any of our programmes or sessions.

Any issues regarding the welfare of players is taken seriously and our UEFA & FA Licensed Coaches can forward parents and players to the Welfare Officer.

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