Calling all US Soccer Coaches

The Pro:Direct Academy Enfield Football Education Programme provides 16-18 year old students at Lea Valley Academy with the opportunity to play elite level football whilst studying a range of A-Levels/BTEC Sport Level 3 qualifications full-time. The partnership between Lea Valley and Pro: Direct Academy is dedicated to producing extraordinary players on and off the pitch. One such student is Ed A. Yr13, who transferred from Enfield Grammar to join LVA for 6th Form as part of our Pro:Direct partnership. Having achieved 13 GCSEs including 5A grades, he is currently studying A’Level Physical Education, Psychology and Sociology. 

Ed has been signed by Soccer Assist the UK’s leading football scholarship agency with the view to him studyubng and playing football (sorry soccer!) at a US university with a funded scholarship! Studying at LVA has enabled him to continue his academic studies and get regular opportunities to play at club trials whilst continuing his footballing journey. 

Ed is aiming for NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) which is equivalent to our professional academy football system. This is where the best young players across America compete as a full-time athlete, alongside studying their chosen subjects. Being awarded a funded scholarship is no mean feat!. The calibre of athletes academic requirements are high and therefore eligibility for this division is tough but Ed is determined and gifted.

Joining LVA has given me the opportunity to hopefully fullfil my dream of playing professional football in the US. I am really grateful to all the staff and coaches that have helped me.

Ed A.

Josh Dobson, Head Pro:Direct coach said “Ed has shown resilliance and integrity on and off the pitch and we are extremely proud of him and look forward to following his career ahead”.