The Huddersfield Town Foundation’s inaugral Female Football Academy cohort recently visited the John Smith’s Stadium for the first time!

The students, who are taking part in a dual education and sport programme in partnership with Calderdale College, were formally inducted in the Fantastic Media Suite.

Aimed at 16-19-year-old females, the programme gives them the chance to study any course at the college alongside training with Town Foundation coaches and representing Huddersfield Town in the Community and Education Football Alliance league.

The afternoon started with a photoshoot with the club photographer, with the students proudly wearing their brand new 2020/21 HTAFC home shirts.

They were then welcomed to the Foundation by several staff members, who introduced the programmes they’re responsible for and the further opportunities available for them to take part in.

From there the group were taken on a tour of the John Smith’s Stadium, visiting key areas like the dressing rooms, media suite and pitch side.

After that came a presentation from Town Foundation coaches in relation to understanding positions on the football pitch. The team has featured twice in the North Central Women’s CEFA league, taking on Sheffield United ‘B’ and Bradford City.

To finish off the afternoon, Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien welcomed them to the HTAFC family with a video message.

On the benefits of the course Poppy Holgeth, who is studying Sport, commented:

“Our football sessions are a great way to let go and enjoy yourself, no matter what’s happening in life.”

Calderdale College, where the students are primarily based, was recently ranked the number one college in West Yorkshire for student results.

If you would be interested in joining the programme for the 2021/22 academic year or would like more information, please contact Head of Education & Community Activity Katie Suttron on or 07947 564 331.