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Sandwell College students are on target to be league-toppers after a motivational team talk from West Bromwich Albion first team players.

Matt Phillips and Ahmed El Sayed Hegazi posed for team pictures and were grilled in a Q&A session with sport students, who have just started the West Bromwich Albion Foundation Football Education Elite Programme. The learners fired questions at the Albion winger and Egyptian international defender in their new Hawthorns media suite classroom, overlooking the Premier League pitch.

The Elite course is aimed at school leavers who have a passion for football and an ambition to work in the industry, and is similar to the WBA Academy’s multidisciplinary training structure, supporting player development and recruitment for the Academy. Students represent West Bromwich Albion in the National Football Youth League (U19) against other professional clubs and study for the BTEC Level 3 Sport qualification. The football element is run by The Albion Foundation and delivered by UEFA B Licence coaches, who have direct links to WBA Academy and scouts.

 

The Elite team play their first home fixture of the season against Dundee United FC.