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Harry Wheat, is swapping Harrogate for Iowa

27 Mar 2021 by Hal Boxhall-Dockree

One of our young footballers, Harry Wheat, is swapping Harrogate for Iowa, USA this Summer having been offered a Scholarship at Southeastern Community College.

Now 18-years-old, Harry first joined Harrogate Town via the Player Development Centre at age 15, having made the switch from Guiseley’s youth set up.

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Since joining, the promising striker hasn’t looked back, going on to our Education offering where he is now completing his final (3rd) year of the course.

On track for a Level 3 Extended Diploma (Performance and Excellence) in Sport, equivalent to three A Levels, Harry has now been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity with the help of First Point USA to study Business Administration across the pond.

“Moving to the United States is a great opportunity for me, not only to play football everyday but to get a degree in an area I want, which will open doors to a whole alternative career path.” explained Harry.

“Harrogate Town has been a massive help in getting me to where I am today. After leaving Guiseley at 15 I wanted to experience a high standard of coaching so got in touch with Dave Riley about the Player Development Centre.

“I was with the Player Development Centre for a year and felt I really developed as a player, learning from some top coaches, before progressing up to the Shadow Squad.

“After leaving school I joined the education programme at Harrogate Town and have been here for the last three years.

“The programme means I get to play football and study at the same time and has played a big part in my journey towards my scholarship in the US as I have developed massively on the pitch and in the classroom.”

Everyone at Harrogate Town would like to wish Harry the best of luck for the next chapter in his career.