U18s Academy

The aim of the Harrogate Town AFC Academy is to create an environment for enthusiastic individuals to flourish and support first team operations

All players will be encouraged to show creativity and individuality whilst further developing an outstanding work ethic, desire to succeed and positive attitude as a base to allow further development both on and off the pitch.

We combine coaching with education to produce confident, respectful, talented & creative individuals in a professional football club environment.’
The Academy will be headed up by Academy Manager Paul Stansfield and Lead PDP & Head of Coaching Ross McKay. Both will be supported by an outstanding and experienced team which includes, Head of Goalkeeping Phil Priestley, Academy Secretary Josh Walsh, Academy physiotherapist Laura Rhys-Williams, Sports Scientist Will Macgregor and Lee Barraclough as Head of Recruitment.

The Academy will be based at West Riding FA along with the current first team and compete in the EFL Youth Alliance North East, allowing regular competitive fixtures and a clear pathway and progression through the ranks. Home fixtures are played at York St John University.

Fixtures & Results

Our Academy played their first ever fixture on Sunday 6th June at Newcastle University taking on England Schoolboys.

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Friday 6th August
Burton Albion 3-2 Town 

Match Report

Saturday 14th August
Town 1-0 Lincoln City

Match Report

Saturday 21st August
Town 2-4 Huddersfield (cup)

Saturday 28th August
Grimsby 2-1 Town

Saturday 4th September
Doncaster Rovers P-P Town

Saturday 11th September
Town 1-2 Huddersfield


Saturday 18th September
Bradford City v Town

Saturday 25th September
Tranmere v Town (cup)

Our two-year football scholarship incorporates football and education delivered by the LFE (League Football Education) with scholars leaving with a BTEC qualification.

For news regarding the progress of our Academy, follow @HarrogateYouth on Twitter.

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