Professional football schemes

There is something for every aspiring sports professional at Pro Football Academies UK. We will help you develop your talents and grow your passion for coaching or sports education, allowing you to learn in a professional and exciting environment. Our professional football schemes are ideal for young people who want to channel their love of sports and football into a great career.

Is your Academy right for me?

We are the perfect place for aspiring football players or young people who
• Have been released from a club(s), or have been, as yet, undiscovered
• Seek the opportunity to showcase their talent at a good level of football
• Want to maximise their football potential and understanding of the game
• Want to experience life within a professional football environment
• Want to work and train with the best coaches
• Want to pursue any career in the football, sport or leisure sector/ industry

You will have regular coaching, training, games and will be recommended to scouts, coaches or managers at a higher level if you show the potential or ability to progress higher.

Will you help me get into a professional club?

We can showcase your talent in front of respected Academy, Centre of Excellence Managers, Heads of Recruitment, Coaches and Scouts and/or give our  personal recommendations to professional clubs.

What happens if I do not get scouted, or progress to a club?

There is no easy route to becoming a semi /professional footballer and we cannot promise to get trials for players or obtain professional contracts.  However, we do guarantee to maximise your ability and make sure that you compete and have opportunities to showcase your talent at the highest level possible.

After the programme, we will keep in touch with you and you can contact us at any time for advice and guidance. We also offer a comprehensive educational programme to meet your needs, providing routes into continued sports education and employment.

Can you help me choose a course/programme?

We have tried to provide as much information as possible to help you make an informed choice about which programme and/or education option, is best for you, whether it is an apprenticeship or a course such as a BTEC.  However, if you are not certain which course or option is best for you, or if you just want to discuss your requirements further, we are more than happy to talk that through with you.  You can arrange an interview with us along with your parents by emaling:pfaukacademy@gmail.com

I am outside the stated age group. Can I still apply?

Our programmes are designed for players within the specified age range from 16 to 24.  However, if you are outside the age range (older, or younger), and want to attend academy sessions this is an option available to you.  We also run showcase games for players aged 16 to 26 to allow you to show your talents in front of scouts, coaches and managers from clubs that we work with.

What happens if I get injured during the course?

The Academy will do everything in our power to insure that player injuries are minimised. Our coaches will ensure that everyone takes part in a proper warm-up and cool-down, before and after each training session.

However, injuries are an unfortunate but inevitable part of a contact/collision sport like football. If you do receive an injury, we can provide with assistance from a qualified physiotherapist, who will assess and treat any injuries accordingly and provides a rehabilitation programme if required. This helps the players to recover faster and enables them to seamlessly transition back into training.  Your attendance at classes or education should (hopefully) not be affected by any injury unless it is severe.

If I’m more interested in studying as a coach or PE Teacher or pursuing a career in football aside from playing is that possible?

Yes, we actively recruit and encourage applications from young people that are interested in careers in football – great players need great coaches!  The courses that we offer can help you learn skills and gain qualifications and experience in many areas in an excellent environment.  If you’re interested in becoming a coach, PE teacher or physio/sports therapist, or entering Sports Development, Sports Marketing or Sports Media sectors… you’ll be in the perfect environment to learn about all these areas when you choose Pro Football Academies UK.

How do I register my interest?

Please send an email with your name, address, date of birth, previous school or college, previous clubs if any and preferred playing positions to pfaukacademy@gmail.com.

What fees will I pay?

If you’re a UK or EU resident you will only pay a fee of £250.00 (£200 if paid in full up front) for your kit, food and drink at games and travel.  This doesn’t cover your travel expenses if you commute from home, but you are able to apply for a bursary and travel allowance.

If I’m accepted or offered a place after a trial what will I need to do to secure a place at the academy?

You’ll be sent a conditional offer to which you can respond to confirm that you want to accept our offer.  You’ll then attend an interview, along with parents / a parent or guardian to ascertain what is the most appropriate course for you to study once you join us.

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TESTIMONIALS

  • “VLUK has recently set up a partnership with Pro Football Academies UK. As Vice-Principal, it has been a pleasure to work in close partnership with the site on this exceptional and exciting Football & Education Scholarship Programme. The facilities are fantastic. With their combination of regular training and expertise coaching, the PFAUK programme gives all its young football scholars the best chance of becoming the best players they can be.  This is backed up by a wonderful education programme,that is delivered by an inspiring Tutor who challenges his learners to achieve aspirational grades for when they enter the world of work or Higher Education, either here or abroad. It is an absolute pleasure to work the PFAUK staff and hopefully this is a working relationship that will continue to grow in the years ahead. I am in no doubt PFAUK will be a huge success in the classroom and on the pitch for many years to come.   This year three PFAUK first year scholars have been selected to for the Virtual Learning UK Representative Elite squad, who will represent Great Britain in the China (Shanghai) Invitational Youth Football Tournament in July”

    Neil Ouldridge Vice-Principal of Virtual Learning UK
  • “VLUK has recently set up a partnership with Pro Football Academies UK. As Vice-Principal, it has been a pleasure to work in close partnership with the site on this exceptional and exciting Football & Education Scholarship Programme. The facilities are fantastic. With their combination of regular training and expertise coaching, the PFAUK programme gives all its young football scholars the best chance of becoming the best players they can be.  This is backed up by a wonderful education programme,that is delivered by an inspiring Tutor who challenges his learners to achieve aspirational grades for when they enter the world of work or Higher Education, either here or abroad. It is an absolute pleasure to work the PFAUK staff and hopefully this is a working relationship that will continue to grow in the years ahead. I am in no doubt PFAUK will be a huge success in the classroom and on the pitch for many years to come.   This year three PFAUK first year scholars have been selected to for the Virtual Learning UK Representative Elite squad, who will represent Great Britain in the China (Shanghai) Invitational Youth Football Tournament in July”

    Neil Ouldridge Vice-Principal of Virtual Learning UK

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