Harrogate College in Partnership with Harrogate Town AFC
Harrogate College and Harrogate Town AFC are working together in a Community Partnership to offer every student the opportunity to benefit from the Club’s sports training and expertise.
The College and Club have teamed 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 may apply now for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and follow a rigorous programme of training and coaching to develop their talent alongside a nationally recognised sports qualification. Academy players will be coached three days a week by Harrogate Town’s UEFA-qualified coaches at a training facility based at Harrogate College.
In addition, every student with an interest in sport will be able to take advantage of the partnership, regardless of what they study at Harrogate College. Students will have access to the club’s FA qualified coaches and sports psychologists as well as having the opportunity to train on the brand new 3G pitch at HTAFC. Students on the College’s wide range of vocational courses from Construction and Engineering to Hospitality, Business and Beauty will all be able to enjoy this exciting opportunity as part of their studies at Harrogate College.
The Extended Diploma in Sport covers a range of practical, theoretical and applied sport and fitness topics including nutrition, leadership, health and lifestyle, sport as a business and organising sports events. Students on the Diploma will also compete within the British Colleges League and in the Club’s comprehensive youth development programme which has already progressed players through to the first team.
The course will also provide students with unrivalled progression opportunities, to Higher Education (HE) programmes, and future careers throughout the fitness industry, including sports development, coaching, and sports science and sports psychology.
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. In addition to producing excellent young footballers to push the club forward it provides young people with more than just a plan A or plan B.
It gives them a sound start to adult life, develops life-long social skills and enables individuals to develop at their own pace.”
Following the success of the male team, we have now launched a ladies football team also, getting young women involved in sport.