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Rossett Sports Centre becomes an official Player Development Centre Partner

27 September 2023

Club News

Rossett Sports Centre becomes an official Player Development Centre Partner

27 September 2023

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Rossett Sports Centre becomes an official Player Development Centre Partner

We are delighted to announce that Rossett Sports Centre have become an Official Partner of our Player Development Centre, to further enhance the development of young football talents in the local community.

Regular PDC sessions will now be held at the school, whose pupils will have the opportunity to be coached by PDC coaches including First Team Captain Josh Falkingham, former Bradford City defender and now the club’s Professional Development Phase Coach Rory McArdle and Academy Manager Josh Law.

This new partnership will offer aspiring young individuals the opportunity to receive top-tier coaching and training within their own existing community.

Centre Manager Josh Lyon said: "It's fantastic to further develop our relationship with Harrogate Town, having brought the Academy to site in the 2022/23 season.

“The Harrogate Town Player Development Centre is such a key offering to the grassroots footballing community in the district and it's great that our state-of-the-art facility will play host to the boys and girls PDC here for many years to come."

Rossett Headteacher Tim Milburn added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Rossett School to work alongside Harrogate Town, a professional sports team, to develop young players while we also work hard to develop our young people as well within the school.

“This partnership also gives our children to work with some fantastic role models from the club while our staff also play a key role in the development of the young people who pass through.  

Harrogate Town CEO Sarah Barry added: “We are really excited to be partnering with Rossett Sports Centre and Rossett School moving forward. As institutions both parties are known for their dedication to educational and sporting excellence as well as their fantastic community engagement.

“This partnership will help us provide a platform for young people to develop their skills, build confidence and enjoy playing football with a team of highly qualified and experienced coaches, including professional athletes.

“Our aim is to create a clear pathway for local talent to progress with us, starting with the Player Development Centre, with potential to move up into the Advanced Player Development Centre, the Academy and First team.

“This collaboration enables us to significantly grow the number of young people we coach at grass roots level, in particular, the girls PDC sessions and advanced level PDC for boys with more sessions now available. We have also introduced a new session for younger children aged 5 to 8 who can enjoy learning to play whilst having fun.”

Key features of the Harrogate Town PDC at Rossett Sports Centre include:

High-Quality Coaching: The PDC will be staffed by Harrogate Town's expert coaching team, ensuring that participants receive the highest standard of football coaching and player development.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Home of Harrogate Town’s Category Four Academy, Rossett School boasts modern sports facilities, including excellent pitches and training areas, creating an ideal environment for skill development and improvement.

Age-Appropriate Programs: The PDC will cater to a range of age groups and abilities, offering programs for both boys and girls. Participants will receive tailored coaching to suit their individual needs and goals.

Community Engagement: Harrogate Town and Rossett School are committed to engaging with the local community, offering opportunities for young people to get involved in football and benefit from the PDC's resources.

Pathway to Excellence: The PDC will provide a structured pathway for talented individuals to progress through the ranks and potentially join Harrogate Town's youth academy or even the first team in the future.

To find out more about our Player Development Centre, visit

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