Freebrough student Harry Thompson awarded scholarship by York City FC

Currently in his final year of secondary education, Harry Thompson has been given a two year scholarship by York City Football Club, making his dream of becoming a professional football player one step closer.

At the moment, Harry plays for the U16s team and the two year scholarship is similar to a modern day apprenticeship for football. His scholarship includes a full time college course which will run alongside his football training and once he has left school, Harry will be playing for the U18s Youth Team.

After playing for local football teams, Harry was determined and with hard work he was soon scouted again, with York giving Harry a trial and signing him straight away. Harry told us how he felt when he was signed: “I was shocked, excited and proud of myself as it is what I have wanted to do since I was young.”

Training at least three times a week at York, along with games on Sundays, Harry has also been committing time to his studying and revising for his upcoming exams. After asking Harry if it had been difficult trying to fit in football training and revision, he told us: “It has been very difficult but it’s something you’ve just got to do.”

In the summer Harry will be moving to York, however the 50-mile long car journeys to York at least three times a week show how committed he has been to the sport. Harry really enjoys his football, has worked really hard and dedicated lots of time to be where he is now – living his dream.