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Play football and gain a degree at TRFC!

6 June 2019

Club News

Play football and gain a degree at TRFC!

6 June 2019

Tranmere Rovers Football Club are to offer a BSc degree in Football Coaching and Management, to provide real opportunities for aspiring footballers and people wanting to pursue a sporting career to progress in the industry whilst gaining a top-class education.  

Based at Prenton Park and The Campus, Tranmere Rovers FC 's first team training ground, the League One side is well recognised for forging the careers of a number of the region’s best loved professionals, including John Aldridge, Pat Nevin and many more as well as having a highly successful manager in Jonny King. Now under the guidance of former TRFC player, Micky Mellon,  the Club has witnessed days that will be always be remembered, playing at Wembley three times in three years, and just last month, securing back to back promotions. 

As part of the course, Tranmere Rovers Club have started an U21s and U23s team, which will play in both the competitive North West League and the National Youth League.

Students will have the opportunity to train regularly and play competitive football supported by a UEFA qualified coaches who have played the game at a professional level alongside studying for their degree.

The course has been running for three years and has been a huge success. It is the first of its kind in the Merseyside region and will provide a well rounded footballing education, covering topics such as performance analysis, sport psychology, coaching, physiotherapy, nutrition and club management, all of which will be studied in a professional environment. 

The course will combine theoretical study with practical sessions, also providing the opportunity for the teams to train at the Campus Training Ground and play highly competitive games against professional clubs. There is also the chance of potentially breaking through to represent the Club's reserve team.  

Not only focused on players, the course will also provide opportunities for learners to specialise in non-playing areas at Tranmere Rovers.

Michael Kinsella, a former TRFC player, has identified gaps in the industry such as physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, coaching, scouting, analysis and sports nutrition. 

Success stories

Dylan Vassallo – Dylan progressed through the college’s team whilst gaining his BTEC’s and further education. He made appearances for Tranmere Rovers first team in pre-season friendlies and even got on the scoresheet against Northwich Victoria. He now plays semi-professional football for Warrington Town where he was awarded their Young Player of the Year whilst still continuing to gain his HND qualification at Tranmere Rovers.

Jack Welsh – Jack began his career at Bolton but was released due to an injury. He came to Tranmere Rovers College to continue his football career whilst also gaining his qualifications and sports education. He has achieved his BTEC levels and is now also on his way to getting his HND qualification whilst also being an important player for Welsh team Flint Town United.

Mamudo Dabo – From starting at the college, Mamudo has played for our development football teams as well as our Futsal first team. Whilst continuing to play and gain experience, he has also achieved his qualifications from BTEC to HND and is now employed by the Club as our NCS Co-ordinator.

Reece Riley – Reece has always had an interest in Strength and Conditioning in sports and has pursued his career in this area through the Club’s education. Reece gained his BTECs whilst shadowing Andy Hodgen, the first team Head of Science. He is now studying for his HND here and runs daily circuit training sessions at The Campus.

Trials will be held at The Campus to officially launch the degree where people who are interested can find out more. These will take place on Thursday 18th July and Thursday 25th July at 6pm.

The address for The Campus is:

Leasowe Road,


CH45 8LW

For further information, please contact or call 07495751768.

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