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York City Academy - Thirsk Talent Hub Open Trial

Current Year 5 boys and girls invited to open trials in Thirsk.

York City Academy’s Talent Hub at Thirsk School is a unique collaboration where club and school have come together to support the ongoing development of male and female, talented footballers in North Yorkshire.

This combination of an outstanding education at Thirsk school and football education through York City, is underpinned by both, having a strong desire to holistically develop the young people in their care. Both school and club will be working together to ensure that pupils are actively encouraged to be the best they can be as pupils, athletes, and people.

'Football in education, an education in football'

Year 6 pupils accepted onto this programme will enrol at Thirsk School for the start of their secondary school journey in Year 7. Whilst there, part of their timetable will be delivered by York City Academy coaches, dedicated to supporting their development as footballers and using football as a vehicle to underpin their personal and athletic development. They will of course receive the rest of their education from Thirsk School and be integrated with Thirsk School like any other pupil to study their core curriculum as well as a range of other subjects.

We recognise that whilst it may be the dream of many, a professional career in football isn’t a reality for most. This programme's main aim is to maximise these talented young people’s love of the game and support their on-going development. As they move through the school, part of their time within the Talent Hub timetable will be used to explore different roles and careers in football that these young people may use their passion to move into in the future.

The York City Talent Hub will be supported by a highly professional, knowledgeable, and supportive team of coaches who are passionate about developing young people and helping them be the best version of themselves. As well as being experts in football, most importantly they are experts in child development.

Who is it for?
Current Year 5s (2021/22 academic year) only - boys and girls

Friday 5th August 2022
Friday 12th August 2022
Monday 15th August 2022 
Friday 19th August 2022
Monday 22nd August 2022

10.00am - 12.00pm

Thirsk School and Sixth Form College
90 Topcliffe Road

Arrival time:
15 minutes prior to the start of the session

What to bring on the day:
Appropriate footwear for indoor or outdoor surface (the session will likely be outdoors on grass but could be indoors in the sports hall if the weather is poor)
Shin pads
Appropriate clothing to take part in a practical football session

What to expect on the day:
Academy coaches will deliver a short session followed by some small-sided games

What happens afterwards:
The offering of a place at the Talent Hub at Thirsk School for September 2023 starters will be done after our trials in October 2022 half-term for players starting high school in September the following year. The more trial days that your child can come to, the better we can get to know them, which allows us to make an informed opinion before offering a place. All trial events are free, and any child of the right age, with a genuine interest of joining the Talent Hub can come to at least one set of trials. Once your child has been once, attendance at subsequent trials will be by invite only.


For more information on the York City Academy Talent Hub at Thirsk School & Sixth Form College, please contact Dan Wilson, York City Academy Head of Youth Development.