16-18’s Football Education programme

The UK’s leading private football academy creating players of the future in over 40 academies across the UK

Why Pro Football Academy?

Do you have ambitions to continue playing football? Do you have the hunger to improve and to maximise your footballing potential?

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PFA Football BTEC

Pro Football Academy, The Trafford College Group, and Uclan have joined forces to create a football education programme for students over the age of 16.

If you are looking for a college to study at, after secondary school, and play football, then the PFA 16-18’s Football Education programme is for you.

PFA offers the best high performance football academy in the UK to give serious players the chance to train and play like a pro with UEFA qualified coaches at Stockport Sports Village world class facilities. Students capitalise on the unique opportunity to combine their Btec studies with a professional, full-time football training programme.

What's included?

We meet individual needs through the following programme, which includes:

  • World Class Football Facilities
  • Pro Club Scouting Assessments
  • Strength & Conditioning Sessions
  • Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
  • Full Adidas Kit Package
  • UEFA qualified Coaches
  • Daily Sessions & Weekly Games
  • Individual Nutrition Plans
  • Post-Game Video Analysis
  • Guest Sessions by Robbie Savage
  • My Protein Training / Game Supplements

Programme Overview

Football Overview

Students will represent PFA in the official College League and in specially organised games against pro club opposition.

Home games are played at Stockport Sports Village, ensuring scholars develop their football skills in a first-class environment.

Through our partnership with Stockport Town FC, players will have the opportunity to play in the FA Youth Cup.


Students will train up to five times per week, focusing on their technical, tactical and analytical skills with full-time UEFA qualified coaches. Sessions mirror the training schedule of players at professional club academies.

Every player will receive a full PFA / Adidas training kit. Performance and Match Analysis Using footage recorded by the analysis team, students will have the opportunity to watch back fixtures for detailed analysis with the coaching team. This will play a pivotal role in the ILP process, which is reviewed every 12 weeks.

Individual player footage will also be collated and may be used for USA college scholarship application purposes.

Strength and Conditioning

With the physical demands placed on players in football, elements of training place emphasis on physical development in an effort to transfer improvements from the gym to pitch.

The strength and conditioning coach develops the players’ physical capacity in the state of the art SSV fitness facilities. Physiotherapy: Prehab / Rehab

Introduction to World Class Football Education

Pro Football Academy (PFA) is the UK’s leading coaching academy with 34 centres across the country.

We coach over 2,000 players each week, aged 4 to 16 years of age. All our 100 coaches are FA / UEFA qualified, and have extensive coaching experience at the highest level of the game.

PFA is the benchmark when it comes to designing and delivering profes- sional, age-specific coaching sessions for players of every age and ability level. These are just some of the reasons that Adidas, Uclan and Laurus Trust have partnered with us, and continue to support us and our players on their journey of becoming the best player they can be.

Education Content

Level 2 Sports, Fitness and Exercise Study Programme

City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Sport

Level 3 Sports, Fitness and Exercise Study Programme

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (2 A Levels)

Level 3 Extended Sports, Fitness and Exercise Study Programme

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (3 A Levels)

FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

All students will be enrolled onto the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, which provides students with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age.

Exit Strategies

Our main priorities are to provide suitable exit strategies for our students whether that be gaining a university place, securing employment or a playing contract.

University place

All students will be guaranteed an interview at Uclan university subject to achieving sufficient target grades on the Btec course, and passing their entry interview.


All students upon completion of the FA Level 1 coaching badge will be given the opportunity to secure employment with PFA or another sporting provider, subject to successful interviews.

Playing Contract

Through our extensive contact list within the professional game we aim to place players on our programme in front of professional club scouts. Those assessed as meeting the highest requirements of the professional game maybe invited to trial and even offered a playing contract. PFA will support every player to maximise their talent and promote them to clubs across the UK.

Education Partners


UCLAN University is one of the UK’s largest with a student and staff community approach- ing 38,000. Internationally the University has academic partners in all regions of the globe, and it is on a world stage that the first-class quality of its education was first recognised. In 2010, the University became the first UK modern Higher Education institution to appear in the QS World University Rankings.

Stockport Town FC

Stockport Town FC were established in February 2014.

Playing at Stockport Sports Village, the Club aims to progress up the non-league pyramid.

The club’s mission is to provide a pathway for young talented footballers in Stockport with the vision to be the best club in Stockport for player development.

Owned and operated by PFA, a team of highly UEFA qualified, professional coaches and board members, Stockport Town FC aims to: To provide a platform for local talented footballers to achieve their maximum potential, on and off the field.

To enhance the development of football in Stockport by creating a clear pathway for progression of players and coaches. To generate wider community benefit through football and non-football activities, particularly in the areas of health and well-being, education skills and employment, social inclusion and volunteering. Stockport Town Football Club exists to help promote and grow football in Stockport, providing much needed opportunities to the many talented footballers we have on our door- step.