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Access Sport | Pro:Direct Academy Sheffield

  • Football Education Programme
Powering the Pro:Direct Academy football education programme at the fantastic Leisure United Graves Football Hub Sheffield, we provide young football and sport athletes with tangible exit routes to fulfil their potential and achieve future careers within the world of football or sport.

Our full time Sheffield education football and sports programme for males and females aged 16-18 is delivered by expert tutors in their field and is wrapped around an elite football development experience through highly qualified UEFA and FA coaches. This offers the opportunity for players of all abilities to showcase their skills, and develop to their highest abilities across different stages of the football pyramid.

All while focusing on a sport industry pathways programme which is attached to a core level 3 Extended Diploma qualification that provides a fantastic insight into the many available careers  and opportunities within sport, along with progression onto University, U.S Scholarships, Apprenticeships and future careers in the many exciting roles across the sport, fitness and leisure industry.

PRO:DIRECT Academy Sheffield Female Programme

Highly Qualified

Tutors & UEFA Qualified Coaches

Learn & Train Everyday

Study towards your future on and off the pitch

Weekly Fixtures

Competitive league and cup fixtures

Career Pathways

Uni, U.S Scholarships, Apprenticeships or Employment

Regional & National Squads

Trial for PRO:DIRECT Academy select squads

Performance Technology

VEO Camera, Playertek GPS and more..

Gym Membership

Inclusive Student Membership

No Exams

100% Assessment & Practical

Professional Development Sessions

Develop employability and social skills

Industry Opportunities

Voluntary and paid work opportunities

Tours & Experiences

Sport Industry & Football Tours

The Education & Professional Development

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With fantastic education facilities onsite at Leisure United Graves, students study towards a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Development , while focusing on a career pathway in coaching & teaching  or sports science. The highly practical qualification (no exams) and course pathways focus on developing the skills, knowledge and industry relevant experiences to prepare students for their chosen progression route and future career aspirations.


With established relationships with Leisure United and grass root clubs such as the Junior Blades, students can also gain valuable work experience opportunities across a range of coaching, officiating and sports science roles that will enrichen their CV’s developing confidence and invaluable communication, leadership a team skills.


Students also have weekly professional development hours built into their timetable (Go Live) enabling them to develop employability and important skills, contacts and experiences that can be transferable to any future career.


For those who may not achieve their grade 4 in Maths and English GCSE the first time around, weekly sessions are timetabled to support development and preparation towards resitting their exams alongside their further education course.

The Football & Player Development

Pro:Direct Academy Sheffield Female Football Education Programme


Training and playing on the fantastic 3G facility at Leisure United Graves with highly qualified UEFA coaches and FA educators, gives students a great platform to develop as players to their highest ability. 


Students train everyday alongside their education developing physically and technically, utilising the latest in performance analysis technology including VEO Cameras, Playertek GPS Vests and Sports Coaching Session Planner. This provides students with an elite academy experience along with the opportunity for those seeking a career in coaching, sports science and analysis to get hands on with technology used in the professional game and deliver sessions to their peers.


All in preparation for competing in highly competitive college and FA league and cup competitions every Wednesday.



Partnering with Pro:Direct Academy provides elite football students with opportunities to trial for regional and national select squads that compete against professional academies throughout the year, which can open the door to scouts and club trials. Students who perform on and off the pitch academically are also rewarded with the opportunities to win tickets for selected Premier League fixtures throughout the season.


To find out more and meet the team register your interest and attend our next open event

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