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Three Pro:Direct players in their kit and two lecturers/coaches standing in V-formation in front of Tycoch Campus

Pro:Direct Men’s Football Academy trials for 16–18-year-olds announced for 22 February

Gower College Swansea are excited to have launched the new Pro:Direct South Wales Football Academy, the only Pro:Direct Football Academy in Wales! And trials are coming up later this month.

Established in 2010, Pro:Direct Academies are for young players of all genders. They allow players to train full-time like a pro, with UEFA and FA Licensed coaches, weekly competitive fixtures and pro-level fitness and recovery programmes. 

Alongside the South Wales Academy, players can choose to study on one of the numerous College courses that fit in with the training slots and games. Many of the players choose to study either the Certificate or National Diploma in Football, Coaching and Performance, though other courses are also available.

“The Pro:Direct Academy at Gower College Swansea has created several opportunities for me this year, both on and off the pitch,” says Jacob Evans, a second-year Football, Coaching and Performance learner. 

“It has secured tickets for me to watch Manchester United vs Liverpool and given me the opportunity to attend St George’s Park to meet and greet with the England national team and watch them train. I have also been able to attend the South Regional Trials in order to be part of the National Pro:Direct 11 and play against professional academies.”

On Wednesday 22 February, the Pro:Direct South Wales Men’s Academy are hosting trials on the Penyrheol 4G pitch (Pontarddulais Road, Gorseinon, SA4 4FG) from 10am-12.15pm

 All 16–18-year-old males who would like to start in September 2023 are welcome to the trials, which will also include a Nike boot van visit with competition giveaways.

If you would like to attend or have any questions about the trials or Academy in general, please email

For more information about the Academy, please visit the website.