PFATV visited PFA members taking part in the NVQ Level 2 plumbing qualification.
Tom Brown, who played for Blackburn Rovers, Jack Turnbull, Hartlepool United, and Lee Roche, Man U and England Under 21s, are currently on-site as they assist in the transformation of a former mill building into a luxury flat complex as part of their assessment.
The Engineering Real Results course has seen the members follow a schedule of intensive study and supervised practical tuition.
Course assessor Paul Conway and sponsor Dr Jan Telensky have been impressed with the commitment, hard work and dedication shown by the trainees, qualities, which Jan Telensky points out are the same attributes they displayed during their time in elite football.
He says: “You have footballers finishing their course in six months. They are special people, let’s face it. It takes a special character to go and lose and win and win and lose and self-motivate each game.”
Paul Conway, NVQ assessor, also pointed out how valuable the players’ transferable skills have been: “I think the players have done fantastic considering they have come from a completely different background.
“They are really good with processes and they are good with their level of discipline, I suppose that is something that they have transferred from football into their training environment here.”