York City Academy Talent Hub at Thirsk School Open Trials

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 4, 5, and 6 children (2022/23 academic year) only – boys and girls

  • Wednesday 5th April
  • Friday 14th April


  • 10.00am-12.00pm: Year 6 children
  • 1.00-3.00pm: Year 4 and 5 children


Thirsk School and Sixth Form College
90 Topcliffe Road

Arrival time:

15 minutes prior to the start of the session, please report to reception upon arrival

What to bring on the day:

  • Footwear for both grass or indoor surfaces (we will look to hold the session outside, although this is of course weather permitting, so it could be held indoors in the sports hall)
  • Shin Pads
  • Drinks
  • Suitable Clothing

What to expect on the day:

Academy coaches will deliver range of sessions which will then be finished with small-sided games

What happens afterwards:

You will be contacted via email from John Dutton (Talent Hub Lead)  – talenthub@yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk

We look forward to meeting you.