3 - The number of our players that have had England trials
5 - We have had the pleasure to learn from and spend time with 5 Brazilian legends: Paolo Cesar, Careca, Jairzinho, Socrates & Carlos Alberto.
7- Players from our Soccer School that have played for Harrogate Town’s first team
9 – Players who all trained at FDS, all played for the same junior team in Harrogate and all were scouted to join professional academies
10 - Number of TV appearances including Look North (2005), Sky Sports (2005), By invitation only CBBC (2006), BBC News (2006), Help! Teach is coming to stay (2009), BBC 1 Wimbledon (2014), Football Freestyler (2014), BBC Sport “Be Inspired” (2015)
17 - The number of countries from around the World that have sent coaches to come and observe our training sessions in Harrogate
18 - The number of trophies won in 6 years by a local junior team where all the players trained with FDS Harrogate.
37 – We don’t run teams but occasionally take a group of our players t...
Former Premiership and England player Danny Mills brought his 3 sons along to the FDS Harrogate Soccer School for many years.
"At first I was a little skeptical until I took my son along to a session. I was so impressed that my eldest son now trains 4 times a week, 2 technical and 2 conditioning sessions, and the youngest twice a week. I think the skills they learn combined with matches really helps them develop.
FDS Harrogate coaching is great for all players, helping to develop skills and ball control. Many under 10's have more tricks and skills than I ever had. I believe it is one of many fantastic aspects of coaching and would recommend it to everyone. The training at FDS Harrogate Soccer Schools is perfect for the children to develop into fantastic footballers and become good people. I especially like the way the older players are encouraged to help, support and teach the younger ones."
Lewis has been training regularly with FDS for 8 years since he was only 4 years old!
In November 2016 FDS played Bradford City Academy and as a result Lewis was spotted and asked to attend trials at the club. As well a busy training schedule with Bradford City Lewis still attends FDS sessions twice a week
Kron is the 9th player from the same junior team in Harrogate to move onto a professional academy. All the children that have joined professional clubs from this team have all trained at FDS Harrogate.
Liam Kitching has made his first appearance for Leeds United first team at the age of 16. Liam and Robbie Gotts were selected for the first team bench in a behind closed doors game v Sheffield this week. Liam came on with 15 minutes to go and the Leeds Manager, Gary Monk, told him how pleased he was with the way Liam had played.
The boys both spent several years at the Soccer School in our foundation phase and we wish them every success.
Last week we received some fantastic news, one of our FDS Harrogate players received his scholarship offer from a Grade One Academy/Premier League Club. This young man will be the first player from FDS Harrogate to win a scholarship at a Grade one club. Congratulations to him, his parents and all who have worked with him. The player in question joined our Soccer School the day of his 5th birthday and has spent 10 years training with us. For the last 2 years he joined our elite individual training partner, Integer and we look forward to following his developments at his professional club.
2016 has been an incredible year for FDS Harrogate with 10 players being offered scholarships by their respective professional clubs.