Youth Development (PDC)


Harrogate Town's Player Development Centre (PDC) is an integral part of our Youth Development Programme and has been created to aid the development and provide a coaching pathway to local footballers.

Children between the ages of 7 - 16 can benefit from either one or two top quality coaching sessions per week for £29.80 per month (one session) or £59.60 per month (two sessions).

The programme is not intended to infringe on players representing their local grassroots clubs but does provide the opportunity for talented players to access extra contact time with professional coaches.

Participants are also given the opoortunity to take part in additional development matches against Football League Academies such as Bradford City and Scunthorpe.

Our lead coaches are FA Qualified to UEFA A/B license standard with support coaches having a minimum FA Level 2 Qualification, while everyone involved in the coaching sessions holds a fully enhanced DBS certification, an up to-date Safeguarding Children qualification and Emergency Aid qualification.


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"Harrogate Town has become a way of life to Brody, he feels like he is part of a big family. He started attending PDC each Thursday evening earlier this year and absolutely loves it! He really enjoys it and hates to miss even one session." Maggie Pattison - Parent of PDC participant Brody

"I have been very impressed with the PDC setup. The coaches are fantastic with kids and always make sure all of them are included regardless of their ability and skill." - PDC Parent

"My son has been attending the PDC (U8 & U9) for the last season and a half and is very much enjoying his time here. I would say the sessions are really helping his development, his touch, technique and reading of the game are all improving at a higher rate than other players in his club I think, which I would say is mostly due to the PDC sessions and the professional coaching." - Oliver, PDC Parent

Ex-Premier League footballer and current Assistant Manager Paul Thirlwell is one player who benefitted from a similar programme growing up.

He said:“High quality coaching and structure is essential at a young age to support grass roots football, develop young players and identify gifted and talented individuals that have the potential to play a higher standard of football and possibly be professional footballers.

"That’s all what we want to do here at Harrogate Town. We do want to provide additional coaching for talented kids, but also keep them playing games at their grassroots clubs. We don’t want Harrogate Town to be in competition with local junior football clubs, we want to work together to progress players to the next level”.

Another player who benefitted from a similar programme is Head of PDC and former Leeds United defender Ben Parker.

Town's current left back said:“The Leeds United school of excellence programme was a vital building block for me in my football career and taught me at an early age how to deal with people, solve problems and helped me build a strong self-belief.”

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Being involved in The Player Development Centre also provides an opportunity for young players to be involved at Harrogate Town; as players signing up for an initial 12 week block are provided a free season ticket for all our home matches in the Vanarama National North League.

Player Development Sessions for boys and girls:

  • Tuesday 5-6pm (Boys)
  • Wednesday 4-5pm (Juniors Age 3-6)
  • Thursday 4-5pm (Juniors Age 3-6)
  • Thursday 5-6pm (Boys)
  • Thursday 6-7pm (Advanced Goalkeeper Training)
  • Friday 5-6pm (Girls)

*Minimum Block Bookings - 12 weeks

One session per week = £29.80 per month
Two sessions per week = £59.60 per month


Secure your place at our player development centre now!

Contact Dave Riley:

CALL - 01423 210600 (Office) / 07712 787505 (Mobile)