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, National Academy Manager, Pro:Direct Academy

Danny Payne

National Academy Manager

Danny was appointed Head Coach at PDA for the 2018/19 season and now as Academy Group Manager shapes the strategy for coaching prgrammes across the Academy. 

After graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2011 he became Lead Academy Coach at Stevenage FC U9 & U16s. He moved on to the position of Head of Sport at Da Vinci Studio Schools in 2013. For the past 3 years he has been an Academy Scout for Premier League club Watford FC. In 2017 he was made Head of Recruitment for Pro Direct Academy.

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 our regional centres for our Select Squad.

Danny stepped up to the role of National Academy Manager in 2018 where he continues to raise standards and is integral to the growth strategy at PDA.

Mollie Kmita

Mollie Kmita

National Academy Manager (Women)

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

She played as a full back for Gillingham Ladies where she was part of the side that won the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One title in 2016/17. She moved on to Tottenham Hotspur and then had a spell at West Ham where she made 17 appearances for the club. She re-signed for Gillinham in July 2018.

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, at the end of 2018 she became National Academy Manager (Women) at PDA.

Darren Pearce, National Operations Manager at Pro:Direct Academy

Darren Pearce

National Operations Manager

As National Operations Manager Darren supports the recruitment of players across all age groups and centres in to Pro:Direct Academy. He ensures the every day smooth running of Pro:Direct Academy and ensures that our coaching teams and schools work together for the best possible outcomes, including timetables and use of facilities.

He graduated with a BSc degree in Sports from the University of Hertfordshire in 2016 and while there was also the Project Lead for Herts Sports Partnership. Starting for PDA as Club Secretary while at University, he was quickly promoted to the role of Operations Manager for London North in 2016, stepping up to National Operations Manager in 2018.


Rosie Kmita

Rosie Kmita

Head of Girls

Rosie is Head of Girls for PDA and ensures that all of our girls teams enjoy a mix of performance, fitness and fun in their football, whatever the age group. She enjoys the perfect insight in to the modern game as she is also a full-time professional player at West Ham United Women, in the FA Women's Super League - the top division in England for women's football.

She graduated from the University of Hertfordshire after playing football and studying in the USA at Saint Leo University, one of Florida's top Universities.
After coaching at Pro:Direct Academy in North London she was appointed Head of Girls and enjoys trips overseas to countries such as Indonesia as a PDA Ambassador.