Telford College sports students got the chance to test their footballing skills against the best in the business when two Premier League stars visited the Haybridge campus.
Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa, part of the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC squad which is
currently flying high in the top division and preparing for an FA Cup semi final at Wembley, took part in an indoor match and question-and-answer session.
It comes as Telford College prepares to expand its partnership with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC by launching a new level two sports performance and excellence course, starting in September. For details, see www.telfordcollege.ac.uk.
The club has been running a successful level three course at Telford College since 2016, giving students unique access to Wolves stars, and facilities.
Jonny Warburton, senior education officer at Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation, said: “It was great to bring two of the first team players to Telford College – it shows the students and the community the range of activities involved in the Wolverhampton Wanderers sport pathways at the college.
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“Students get to visit Wolves training facilities, analyse matches with professional guidance, meet players and get coaching from the team at the foundation.
“We’re looking forward to do more of this in the future especially now with the level two course starting in September which will open opportunities to students to progress onto the level three programme.
“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.”
The two Wolves players – who have both played for the current European champions, Portugal – answered questions about the life of a professional footballer, and posed for pictures with students.
Helder Costa said: “It’s always fun to come out and work with schools and colleges> We’re pretty busy these days with matches and training, but we always get into the community whenever we can. The work the Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation is fantastic and great to see.”
Rebekah McFarlane, one of the level three students on the Telford College course, said: “Meeting premiership players is exciting, and one of the best parts of my course.
“I recommend the Wolves route to anyone considering a sports career; we get lots of additional activities.”