In April 2021 we announced the formation of a late development Category 4 Academy, allowing 16-18 year olds the opportunity to train full time with the club.

The aim of the Academy is to provide talented young footballers with the opportunity to develop under UEFA licensed coaches with a view of progressing into the first team set up.

The Academy will be headed up by Paul Stansfield, former Town player and Knaresborough Town Manager. Paul will be supported by PDP Coach Ross McKay, while Phil Priestley will act as Goalkeeper Coach and Josh Walsh Academy Secretary. Lee Barraclough takes the role of Head of Recruitment, with a full time physio and part time doctor to be appointed.

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.

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 v Town - 1pm

Saturday 14th August
Town v Lincoln City

Saturday 21st August
Town v Huddersfield (cup)

Saturday 28th August
Grimsby v Town

Saturday 4th September
Doncaster Rovers v Town

Saturday 11th September
Town v 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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