Harrogate College played host to the Harrogate Town football trials on Thursday 14th May, on what proved to be a cold and blustery evening. The spectators were all wrapped up as the chill whistled through their hair whilst watching the footballers put their heart and souls into impressing the head coach of the Harrogate Town development squad, Mike Bligh.
The long awaited trials began at 4pm, with a talk from Andy Reah about the partnership between Harrogate College and Harrogate Town Football Club, and how it will be beneficial for those wanting to continue studying, whilst playing football. Mike Bligh then took centre stage with an encouraging and inspiring chat to the players before heading out on to the field to begin.
All 10 young men got involved and worked well as a team to show off their skills, all in the hope of being picked to play for the Harrogate Town Academy Teams, whilst continuing their studies at Harrogate College. The cold didn’t seem to bother any of them. They were in the zone, with one goal in mind.
Having worked for Middlesbrough FC for the past five years as a development coach, Mike Bligh is passionate about discovering new talent, and saw the potential in all 10 of the players before him on Thursday. Each of them have been offered another opportunity to showcase their skills at further trials held at Rossett High School on the 13th and 14th June. This exclusive partnership is an ideal opportunity for players to enjoy a structured and excellent football programme, whilst embarking on a learning journey to achieving nationally recognised qualifications.
For more information on courses, please visit the Harrogate College website.