Exclusive Q&A session with Premier League football stars

Published: December 3, 2019

Telford College sports students enjoyed an exclusive question-and-answer session with Premier League football stars when they visited the Wolverhampton Wanderers training ground.

The college has been running sports performance and excellence courses in conjunction with the club since 2016, giving students unprecedented access to Wolves players, and club facilities.

In the latest link-up, students visited the Wolves training facility at Compton Park where they got to chat with many of the first-team players.

Among the players taking part were club captain Conor Coady, Portuguese midfield star Joao

Students got chance to chat to many of the Wolves players during a series of Q&A sessions

Students got chance to chat to many of the Wolves players during a series of Q&A sessions

Moutinho, and Adama Traore – who famously scored both goals in Wolves’ recent 2-0 win at Manchester City.

Tyla-Jo How-Richards, who plays for Shifnal Town Ladies, said: “We got to ask any question we wanted. The players were chatting normally with us – it was a great opportunity.

“We asked about their diets, and Conor Coady said they can pretty much eat whatever they want, because they do so much cardio exercise and need the energy to burn off.

“Pedro Neto told us he plays FIFA on the morning of a match to help him focus on the game. It was actually really interesting; I loved being so close to the players, instead of being behind a barrier.”

Question time for Wolves trio Jesus Vallejo, Pedro Neto, and Joao Moutinho

Question time for Wolves trio Jesus Vallejo, Pedro Neto, and Joao Moutinho

Another of the students, Kenny Mansell, added: “I’m not a Wolves supporter but I found meeting the players an inspiration. Conor Coady was very funny, and it was cool to meet Joao Moutinho and Adama Traore too.

“This Telford College course is better than any other sports courses I know about. We get the best experiences, which is helping my confidence and ambition.”

Ash Bowler, learner manager of sports and public uniformed services at the college, added: “This was another example of the great opportunities the Wolves course can offer.

“Students had exclusive access to premier league footballers to discuss the key elements of being an elite performer, and gained an insight into what it takes to be a professional athlete – all key parts of their study programme.

“The players were excellent with the students, and are testament to the great work the Wolves Foundation put in to creating opportunities like this one.

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“I would encourage anyone interested in a career in football to consider both our level two and

Adama Traore poses for a group picture with the students at Compton Park

Adama Traore poses for a group picture with the students at Compton Park

three Btec Wolves courses here at Telford College.”

Jonny Warburton, senior education officer at Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation, said: “The courses run in partnership with Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation and Telford College are designed to shape and evolve individuals so they’re ready for successful careers in sports coaching.

“Students get to visit Wolves training facilities, analyse matches with professional guidance, meet players and get coaching from the team at the foundation.”