Been there, done that: Sports team practise what they preach

Telford College has unveiled its sports courses for the new academic year – and lifted the lid on the sporting achievements of its own team of top-level tutors.

The college is once again joining forces with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC to give students unparalleled access to the Premier League club’s expertise, facilities and players.

It is also running level two and three sport courses covering everything from nutrition and psychology to practical coaching, as well as a level one course, which is a mix of theory and practical exercises

All courses are led by a team of Telford College tutors with a wealth of sporting experience themselves – in everything from football and rugby to hockey, golf, kayaking, and long-distance running.

Learner manager Ash Bowler is a former semi-professional footballer who currently plays cricket and hockey for Bridgnorth. He has also completed the London Marathon in 3 hours 26 minutes.

He says: “Telford College is a brilliant place for anyone to study sport. Our courses range from level 1 to level 3 extended diploma – there is something here for everyone.

“We have first-class facilities alongside a brilliantly committed team of talented staff, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sports and leisure industry. I am extremely proud of what we have to offer.”

Jason Jones is the college’s lead lecturer on the sports football route with the Wolves academy.

He has previously worked at Aston Villa and been at Walsall FC, playing and coaching alongside his studies, and gaining his FA coaching badges outfield and in goalkeeping.

His proudest achievements, he says, include winning the Keel International football tournament with Villa, beating New York Red-Bulls in the final.

Melanie Newbrook, course leader for sport, is a member of Bridgnorth Running Club who hascompleted many half marathons, as well as the 36-mile ‘six summits’ challenge across Shropshire.

She has a degree in human biology and exercise science and a master’s degree in applied sports science, and says: “I enjoy seeing students settle into the college and flourish, in many cases surpassing their own expectations.”

Sport tutor Julian Dwane, a former county rugby player and kayak sprinter, has also played and coached hockey at various levels. He says his highlights include a couple of UAU golds medals,

50 county caps, and both coaching and playing in the National League.

He has also completed the London Marathon, and is now eyeing up his next challenge – a cycling marathon from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Lecturer Stefan Rowe, a huge Liverpool FC supporter, is a qualified personal trainer who has seen some of his biggest sporting achievements on the golf course.

As a junior player he represented England at several age categories and became county captain of Shropshire and Herefordshire. “They were the product and outcome of years of dedication and hard work,” he says.

Dionne Delves is another sports lecturer who is a keen runner. She has previously worked as a sports therapist at Fitness First Gym, as well as St Albans Centurions Rugby League Club and Hendon Football Club.

She works with students in both sport and foundation learning at Telford College, and says her favourite quote is: “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.”

For more in formation about Telford College’s sport courses – and its team of tutors – see


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