Wolves duo hand out top footballing tips to TCAT sports students

Published: April 3, 2017

photo of Wolves football players joe and jack with TCAT studentsWolverhampton Wanderers FC stars Joe Mason and Jack Price shared some off-the-field stories with sports students when they paid a visit to Telford College of Arts and Technology.

The Championship club has joined forces with TCAT to run a pioneering level three BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma in Sport (Excellence and Performance).

As part of the course, students have chance to play for Telford College’s football teams, under the guidance of professional coaches from Molineux. They also have chance to attend Wolves matches, and use the club’s training complex at Compton.

Wolves first-team players Joe Mason and Jack Price visited the students at the TCAT campus to check on their progress – and share some light-hearted stories.

“Jack and Joe were fantastic with the group, giving them a real insight into the lifestyle of a professional football player,” said Melanie Newbrook, from the Sports team at TCAT.

“They shared details about their training programme, their nutrition regime, and also explained about the community work which is all part of the off-field duties of a Wolves player.

Photo of Wolves players, joe (left) and jack taking questions from students

Wolves players, joe (left) and jack taking questions from students

“But there was some real fun too; students got chance to ask them questions about whether they had to have ice baths, whether they get to play on X-Box – and if they do, who is their favourite player? They were really good fun – just like normal people!”

One of the group, 17-year-old Paul Byczkowski, said: “It was inspirational to hear about everything involved in being a professional player including all the training and nutrition’

And fellow student Mark Woods, 17, added: “It was great to meet the players and realise they are just normal like you and me, despite being famous.”

TCAT director Adrian Beckett said: “We’re delighted to have this link-up with Wolves. It is a brilliant chance for young people to access a fantastic education, while receiving the best football coaching around. It really is a unique opportunity, and one we are extremely proud to offer.”

Laura Nicholls, Sport & Education Manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, added: “Wolves Community Trust are delighted to be working in partnership with Telford College to develop their football programme.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to build our education and sport offers in the area, offering young people in Telford the chance to study and play ‘the Wolves way’.”

To find out more about the range of Sports courses at TCAT, see www.tcat.ac.uk, or call 01952 642237.