The Pro:Direct Academy offers 5-14 year olds the chance to develop and build on various different skills that will help them to enjoy the fantastic sport of football. PDA is a 3 day camp that runs daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm with extra time club available from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
This is done though a carefully planned week designed by top coaches and childcare professionals centred around game based learning. Game based learning allows players of all ages and abilities to play the game then work on improving areas of weakness and building areas of strength whist importantly understanding tactical decision making. Each of our programmes include activities to help develop:
1) Coordination, speed, agility, footwork patterns and flexibility
2) Technical development of skills appropriate for the level of the player
3) Tactical understanding of options and positioning
We understand what is required at every age and ability level to have fun and deliver a stimulating, challenging and exciting football coaching programme.
We offer exciting and interesting sessions in core skill development that are useful not only in a sporting context but also in wider life and social environments.
We realise that to develop young children holistically they cannot just play football for 8 hours each day so the programme is enhanced with additional education in the following areas as part of the course:
PDA has trained managers on every site who come from a variety of different backgrounds. We actively recruit primary school teachers, PGCE students, childcare professionals and highly qualified sports and activity staff in order to ensure that our camps are as safe and effective as possible, and that we meet the high standards set and expected by Ofsted.
We recognise the importance of health and safety and child welfare and as such we are the only provider of our kind that has training developed in partnership with Cardinus Risk Management and approved by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management. All of our staff whether they are an assistant coach or regional manager take part in our approved online training.
All our coaches are FA qualified and all staff are DBS checked. All staff also go through our in-house training to deliver the Pro:Direct Pathway which is certified by IIRSM.
We take our responsibilities for the care of each child at our camps very seriously. This page is designed to provide all necessary and useful information for parents; from the timings of a typical day to our booking terms and conditions.