Our coaches are UEFA or FA Licensed and specialists in coaching boys & girls.

Our coaches are UEFA or FA Licensed and specialists in coaching boys & girls.

The Official Academy of Pro:Direct

Established in 2010, Pro Direct Academy is the official Academy of global online sports retailer Pro:Direct Sport (prodirectsport.com) and has grown to over 6,000 registered players across the UK & Indonesia. Welcoming boys and girls from tots to 18 year olds, from beginners to trialists for pro clubs, our centres meet high standards daily all under the guidance of programmes devised by UEFA A Licensed coaches. From 16 years old players can join our football education programmes to study BTEC and A-Level qualifications alongside living the lifestyle of a pro footballer. Our students find jobs as pro players, coaches and go on to university.

To date our players have gone on to sign for clubs such as West Ham, Watford, Wolves, Gillingham and Stevenage. Our male and female professional coaches are FA Licenced and have passed DBS checks. Exceed Expectations with Pro Direct Academy.

Danny Payne, PD Academy Manager - UK

Danny Payne, PD Academy Manager - UK

DANNY PAYNE
Pro:Direct Academy Manager - UK

Danny was appointed Head Coach at PDA for the 2018/19 season and now as Pro:Direct Academy Manager - UK shapes the strategy for the whole of the Academy. 

After graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2011 he became Lead Academy Coach at Stevenage FC. In 2015 he became an Academy Scout for Premier League club Watford FC. Since January 2019 he has been working as an Academy Scout for global giants Manchester United.

Before promotion to his current position, Danny became Head of Recruitment, sourcing talent and using his established connections and expertise in the game to help our centres grow. He specialises in overseeing our London Elite Squads and selects players from across all of our UK regional centres for the PDA Select Squad.

Danny stepped up to the role of Academy Manager - UK in 2018 where he continues to raise standards, shaping the growth strategy at PDA as well as making time for his role with Manchester United.

Mollie Kmita, PD Academy Manager - UK

Mollie Kmita, PD Academy Manager - UK

MOLLIE KMITA
Pro:Direct Academy Manager - UK

Starting in girl's football at Tottenham Hotspur, Mollie experienced soccer across the Atlantic at Saint Leo University Florida, USA.

After 10 years at Spurs she then had a spell at West Ham for 2 years, followed by a short spell at Gillingham.

A previous role has seen her as Brand Coordinator for Pro:Direct Sport where she is now a Presenter and Brand Ambassador.

She has coached players for a number of years at Pro:Direct and is a specialist in women's and girl's football.

Now overseeing the expansion of the women's game, she formed the first Pro:Direct Academy Education Programmes. At the end of 2018 she became Pro:Direct Academy Manager - UK.