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Harrogate Town to launch pathway for budding female footballers

Harrogate Town to launch pathway for budding female footballers

Published by May Norman at 9:37am 24th June 2020.

New programme to form part of the player pathway

  • Harrogate Town are launching a new football academy for girls.
  • Starting in time for the next academic year, this will form an integral part of the player pathway.
  • It will include a new Under 16's team playing in a local league and a link to the Ladies First team.

Harrogate Town AFC are creating a football pathway for females in Harrogate and the surrounding area.

This will include a new Under 16’s team playing 11-a-side football in the West Riding County Girls Football League.

It will also allow for a natural progression to the Development Squad and subsequently the Ladies First Team who currently play in the North East Region Women’s Football League.

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The CNG Stadium

Les Johnson, Women and Girls Development Officer at the club said:

"This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Clubs vision to provide the seamless link from junior to adult female football with FA Licensed and EUFA Qualified Coaches."

How to register an interest

If you are interested in your daughter joining Harrogate Town AFC U16s, (school year’s 10 and 11 from September 2020), or Harrogate Town AFC Ladies Development Squad (age 16+ from 1st September 2020), and learning more about the new female pathway at Harrogate Town AFC, please register your interest to SarahJohnson@harrogatetownafc.com by Monday, 29 June 2020.

Sarah will then send you an Information and Consent form which must be completed in full prior to your daughter attending a planned open day.

Johnson adds:

"We will organise and inform you by email of the date and time of the open day when the present Covid-19 situation allows."

The open day will consist of:

  • A presentation of the club’s football and educational pathway by the Women’s first team manager Bob Wilkinson, and Les Johnson, Women and Girls Development Officer at HTAFC
  • A short presentation on the club’s links to the University of York St John and its BTEC sports courses will be given by Josh Falkingham, captain of the Men’s first team
  • FA qualified coaching sessions and small-sided games
  • We will also provide information on the possibilities for girls to play and study in the U.S.A.

Stray FM daytime presenter Pete Egerton spoke to Les Johnson to get all the details - from the new pathway, gaining qualifications and training in America:

For more information, please visit Harrogate Town's website.