Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Tackle Your Chosen Topics on and off the Field

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Tackle Your Chosen Topics on and off the Field

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Football players also looking to prepare for a career outside the sport will be able to play professionally at a Welsh club while studying for a degree as part of a scheme launched by a university.

According to Glyndwr University, the Glyndwr Wrexham Football Academy, due to be launched on 20 March, will "boost student numbers" at the university and provide the club with "top soccer talent".

The academy deepens the university's involvement with Wrexham Football Club - in 2011 the institution bought the football club's stadium, which now includes Glyndwr in its name.

Adam Owen, a former Wrexham player and assistant manager for Sheffield United FC who is helping to lead the project, said that there were a "frightening" number of players released each year from clubs who needed to retrain for a different career.

Only a "very, very small" proportion make enough money professionally to not need to worry about finding a job after football, he added.

The scheme was unique because it allowed footballers to play professionally while studying and offered more than just sports-related degrees, he explained. …

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