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 between the ages of 7 - 16.

The Player Development Centre allow boys and girls aged 7-16 the opportunity to access additional high-quality coaching and support, relevant to their development stage. 

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.

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.

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.”

The coaching sessions are delivered by a team of highly qualified coaches and will have a technical and tactical focus that mirrors the professional game as well as being progressive, challenging, age appropriate and aimed at skill development.

We are also proud to be able to deliver the sessions on our brand new, state-of-the-art 3G playing surface at The CNG Stadium where particpants can play football, and most importantly have fun with a smile on their face in a safe environment.

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.

Players also have the opportunity to play in a small games programme against other development centres and academies including Bradford City, Sheffield United, Scunthorpe and Barnsley.

Child Welfare and Safeguarding Information


Secure your place at our player development centre now!

Contact Dave Riley:

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


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)
  • 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