An 18-year-old youngster at Harrogate Town AFC is set to swap Harrogate for Iowa in USA this summer after securing a scholarship at Southeastern Community College.
Harry Wheat first joined Harrogate Town via the Player Development Centre at age 15, having made the switch from Guiseley’s youth set up.
And the promising striker hasn’t looked back since, progressing through the club’s education offering where he is now completing the third and final year of his course.
On track for a Level 3 Extended Diploma (Performance and Excellence) in Sport, the equivalent to three A Levels, Harry has been offered an exciting 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.
“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.”
Harrogate Town have wished Harry the best of luck for the next chapter in his career.