As part of the enrichment programme for our level 3 sport Wolves pathway, they got to take an exclusive VIP tour of the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC home ground, the Molineux.
Jason Jones, one of their lecturers, joined for the trip and explained, “The students are studying a unit surrounding athletes lifestyles and this trip enabled the students to see what professional players have to go through.”
Dylan Cook said, “I want to study sports coaching at university, so it was a very good experience for me. We learnt about what footballers go through before the game and how they handle the media and coping with the pressures of a media interview with some role-playing scenarios. It was good to find out about their mentality and how they stay positive because we are doing work at college about the whole lifestyle of an athlete.”
The students had also enjoyed seeing how the home and away changing rooms were developed since Wolves were promoted to the English premier league and how these developments have enhanced the clubs performances. Student Tyler Smith said, “It’s really obvious where the developments have been made. It was good to see the home team advantages.”
Jason added, “The VIP tour of Wolverhampton Wanders FC also gave an insight into the development and evolution of football throughout the years and how Wolves have become the club that they are today. Bedsides this trip focusing on key core units and enriching the students experience at the college, it was an opportunity for the students to visit a redeveloped stadium which they enjoyed”.
Jonathan Warburton, Education Team Officer at the grounds told us, “It was a real pleasure to host the Wolves students here at Molineux. It is always exciting for the students to have a look behind the scenes and to get a glimpse of what it is like to be part of a professional football club. This is an experience which is exclusive to the BTEC learners and hopefully will add significant value to the course. We look forward to hosting the group again in the new year and we aim to have a few more surprises for the group too!’’