Kidderminster Harriers provides itself on its excellent educational opportunities.
In conjunction with professional training and competitive matches, here is a brief overview of what students can expect when studying with us for Higher Education:
The addition of the degree programme (U23 team) is intended to provide a playing pathway for talented players giving them a full time training and playing timetable alongside their studies. This bridges the gap between leaving the KHFC Academy or other club’s academies at 18/19 and first team football.
In essence it gives players a greater opportunity to develop their physical strength, ability and game understanding without compromising their academic progression. However students on the degree (Football Business Management and Coaching FdSc) programme do not have to follow the playing pathway as students will have a bespoke experience of working within a thriving football club and will experience all aspects of the business side of football as well as extensive coaching experience with the KHFC junior academy and development teams.
The new model will see the degree programme delivered across three sites. The coaching element will be delivered at The Centre of Sporting Excellence and the players will train at the same time and alongside the first team, the academic element at The Piano Building, Weavers Wharf and the work-based learning at Kidderminster Harriers FC. Kidderminster Harriers will control the coaching and playing element of the degree whilst BMET College and the University of Worcester will deliver the academic element.
The long-term plan is to ensure that players have appropriate opportunities to develop all aspects of their game, physical and mental and we have linked with several non-league clubs to ensure players are placed according to their level. We will also enter a team in the British Universities and Colleges League and have arranged fixtures with professional U23 teams. In terms of more regular match action, the 2018/19 season saw Harriers enter into a competitive league for this group for the first time, with the team already on course to hopefully finish near the top of the table. With Harry Higginson and Milan Butterfield already earning professional contract with Harriers after time in our U23s set up, there is now real evidence that the pathway is there for progression into the first team.
Contact: Adam Crowle (click here to e-mail)