Harriers at the Heart of Worcestershire

Aspiring Worcestershire footballers have a fantastic new opportunity….

Harry the Harrier, James Long, and HOW's Mark Owen were at the recent launch

Aspiring young Worcestershire footballers are being introduced to yet another exciting new pathway into the professional game thanks to a blossoming partnership between Harriers and Heart of Worcestershire College.

This partnership will give local footballers and students the opportunity to progress through the Heart of Worcester College (HoW) football programme ,which allows pupils to gain qualifications whilst engaging in their passion and talent for football to hopefully a career in football.

HoW and Harriers will work closely to nurture and identify talented pupils that can be progressed towards the thriving Harriers Under 23s Foundation Degree programme based at the Centre of Sporting Excellence in Kidderminster.

Players can then undertake a Foundation Degree in Business Management and Sports Coaching or a Personal Training Diploma which allows pupils to continue in education whilst playing in a full-time football programme for Kidderminster Harriers Under 23s and, hopefully, move onto the first team at Aggborough.

This is an exciting time for players who are looking to progress in their education and to carve out career in football. The new partnership brings together two successful organisations that aim to provide some excellent opportunities and to discover Worcestershire’s most talented footballers.

James Long, Harriers Football Development Officer said: “As a club we are constantly looking at ways to develop our young players and we want to give Worcestershire footballers the opportunity to make a career in football and believe we have the very best set up in the area to help do that.

“We want to develop our links with the local community and organisations and the Heart of Worcestershire College is a successful organisation with similar values to own. They, too, have an excellent coaching staff with a great track record in developing players and we want to be able to support all their hard work by offering a player pathway that can only benefit local footballers.”

HoW’s Academy chief Mark Owen added: “It is a massive opportunity for us and a win-win situation as Kidderminster Harriers will be working in our college and we will be working with a big National North club.

“The lads now know they will go two or three years through our academy system and there might be a chance of getting a contract at Kidderminster, and some really big opportunities.”

For further information on Harriers and the HOW partnership contact James Long

This article is about: Academy, Education, Youth


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