Harrogate College and Harrogate Town AFC are to work together in a community partnership which will offer every student at the college the opportunity to benefit from the club’s sports training.
The college and club are teaming up to offer a new study programme with a focus on sport, fitness and coaching delivered as part of the Harrogate Town AFC U19 Academy – students will be able to apply from next week (Thursday, March 26).
Students will have access to the club’s FA qualified coaches and sports psychologists as well as having the opportunity to train on the pitch.
As well as students at the college the next generation of young football talent who successfully gain a place in the Harrogate Town AFC U19 Academy will work towards the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport.
Debra Forsythe-Conroy, Harrogate College principal, said: “We are very excited to be able to offer young people this fantastic new opportunity in partnership with Harrogate Town AFC.
“The partnership will provide all our students with some truly fantastic opportunities to work with professionals within the sport and fitness industry and, for those students studying sport, to forge connections within the industry before their careers even begin.
“We will continue to work with Harrogate Town to develop a truly employer-responsive curriculum and together we look forward to welcoming our first intake of students this September”.
Garry Plant, managing director, Harrogate Town Football Club said: “The academy set-up based at Harrogate College strengthens the club’s commitment to education, the development of young footballers and all young people who enjoy sport. The partnership further establishes our commitment within the Harrogate district.
“The future development of the estate and training facilities at Harrogate College is exciting and the team of professional coaches and back room staff at Harrogate Town cannot wait to get started”.
Harrogate College and Harrogate Town AFC will host a series of recruitment evenings for those interested in applying for this September.
The first recruitment evening is held on Thursday, March 26, 7pm to 9pm at Harrogate Town’s CNG Stadium.