Talented Sports student Harry chases his footballing dream

This year at Warrington & Vale Royal College, there has been an impressive number of gifted Sports students excelling in their sporting careers.

One such student is Harry Roper who is on the Sport Level 3 course. Harry is a keen football player who has his sights set on becoming a professional goalkeeper. A former Irlam & Cadishead Academy student, Harry has always chased his passion and joined Pro-Football Academy (PFA) at age 15. It was whilst training here, he was approached by head coach Gareth Hughes, who leads grassroots football training academy, Coach Right. Gareth immediately spotted Harry’s potential and encouraged him to play for Coach Right’s first team. Although the pandemic has meant matches have often been put on hold, Harry continues to train diligently and even shares his passion and knowledge by coaching the younger players at Coach Right’s youth academy.

Since September, Harry has joined Old Alts, a team in the Manchester League Premier Division, which is the highest league in amateur football in the Manchester region. He currently plays in their first team and has delivered some impressive performances, including saving a penalty against rivals Maine Road Reserves. Harry says, “My coach advised me if I wanted to become a professional player, I’d need to commit to the team which is something I was ready to do. I want to progress as high up in football as I can.”

Alongside his goalkeeping dreams, Harry continues to excel on his college course; carefully managing a packed schedule of studying, training and coaching. He says learning about topics such as nutrition and physiology on the course has been helpful in informing his practice and he has had the full support from his tutors, who often follow his progress. Harry’s tutor, Chris Percival says, “Harry’s engagement is exemplary and he is one of our most committed students; whether that’s in classroom-based activities, or in remote learning. He is someone other classmates look up to; a real role model.”

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