This time next year, Shropshire football star Harry Burgoyne could be playing for a team in the premier league.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper, who was part of the giant-killing FA Cup team which beat Liverpool last season, visited students at Telford College to give them an insight into life as a professional footballer.
Harry came to the Haybridge Road campus to meet first and second year students who are on a BTEC diploma in sports performance and excellence – a partnership between the club and the college.
The Ludlow-born 21-year-old was able to put himself into the shoes of the new generation of Shropshire learners who are hoping to follow in his footsteps.
Harry has been a professional with Wolves – currently top of the Championship – since March 2015, having previously played for several non-league clubs including AFC Telford United. He went to school in Bitterley and Ludlow.
In a 90-minute session, he watched the players in action in Telford College’s super dome, then answered questions about his fitness and nutrition regime, and what life is like in the public and media spotlight.
Sports lecturer Jason Jones said: “I think that Harry taking time out of his busy schedule to come and spend some time with the students was extremely helpful to the them.
“It provided a good clear insight to the athlete’s lifestyle which they are studying as part of their vocational course.
“The students are always motivated and inspired to meet professional players and hear their stories of how they made it, and gain an insight into what it is like to be a professional football player.”
As part of the partnership between the club and the college, students also get trips to the Wolves training facility, and visit Molineux on a regular basis to work with the community trust.
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