Southampton

Pro Direct Academy

AFC Totton is delighted to launch the Pro: Direct Academy Southampton, ahead of the 2021/22 season.

We believe that the partnership will enable us to provide an excellent academy for young players in the areas to excel in both their education studies and football development moving forward.
All the details are provided below!

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Centre:

Pro: Direct Academy Southampton

Location:

AFC Totton, Snows Stadium, Salisbury Rd, Totton, Southampton SO40 2RW

Education Pathways:

Training Provider: UK Sport Academy 
The 1 or 2-year full-time Football Education Programmes deliver a sports coaching pathway in:

  • NCFE Extended Level 3 in Sport (2-year course), entry Requirements 4 GCSE A – C’s
What to Expect:
  • 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.
Events at PDA Dorset:

YEAR 11 TRIALS FOR SEASON 21/22

  • Wednesday 28th October – 12:00 – 14:00 pm

AFC Totton, Snows Stadium, Salisbury Rd, Totton, Southampton SO40 2RW

Southampton@prodirectacademy.com

LUKE MIDDLEWICK – Head of Pro: Direct Academy Southampton

After playing Non-league in the south of England at a number of different semi-professional clubs, Luke had a number of injuries which sidelined him allowing him to turn his head to coaching and transfer the knowledge he had gained to other people.

He decided to travel to North America to gain more experience in a full-time environment and travel across the country visiting different states along the way, on his return he began working at AFC Bournemouth within the Academy and the U23’s. Luke worked at AFC Bournemouth for 3 years developing a number of players who have gone onto play both in the Premier League and on the International stage.

At this point Luke decided to upskill and begin studying his UEFA B Licence which supported his new roles within football, working at Southampton FC and Poole Town FC (Conference South). During this period of time, Luke worked alongside a group which involved young U23 professional footballers and ex-professionals from the likes of Portsmouth FC, Oxford United, Yeovil Town FC, Brighton and Hove Albion and AFC Bournemouth. After working at Southampton FC for 3 years and working at Poole Town FC as Head of recruitment, Manager of the U21’s and then progressing to First Team Coach, he was offered a new role within Yeovil Town FC as the Lead U16’s coach and decided a new challenge was in order to help develop and progress onto enrolling for his UEFA A licence.

Luke is currently enrolling onto his UEFA A Licence and has now completed his UEFA B Licence/Level 3 Youth Award. Having had the opportunity to travel all over the world with scouting and coaching ranging from South Korea to Germany, he has a wealth of experience in progressing young footballers into the modern game. Now working with Pro: Direct Academy, Luke is approaching a 9th season within the professional game.

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