One Pack Week | Meeting students is no stress for Joe

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With April marking Stress Awareness Month, Wolves midfielder Joe Hodge took the time to visit students at City of Wolverhampton College and take part in a stress workshop run by Football & Education coaches from Wolves Foundation.

The Foundation run a Football & Education College Academy based at the Wellington Road Campus in Bilston. Students study a BTEC Level 2 or 3 in Sport, while representing Wolves in the EFL’s CEFA league against other professional clubs.

Hodge opened up to the students about his experiences in football so far, and stresses both on and off the pitch.

This included dealing with the aftermath of his crucial penalty miss in the Carabao Cup against Nottingham Forest, but also personal stresses such as moving from Manchester to Wolverhampton as a teenager.

“I think it is always important to do visits like this and I really enjoyed chatting to the students and answering their questions,” said Hodge.

“We were of similar ages so had shared some similar experiences.

“Chatting about the stresses in football, for me one of those might be what people are thinking and the gaffer and his decisions they make.

“It’s not something I can control because I don’t pick the team but what I am always thinking about is what I have to do to get in.

“Another thing is trying to earn the respect of senior players and the fans which is something which can be easy to worry about even though again, it’s something that I can’t control.

“It’s good to talk about these things whilst I also make sure I do things away from football which occupies my time and gives me something else to think about.

“That might be going out with my flat-mate to play snooker, go to the driving range or pop home to see my family.

“I think that’s important and gives me a bit of a break from the day-to-day football and being in training.”

Bradley Moore oversees the Foundation’s Post 16 provision, including college and degree programmes. He said: “It was a great opportunity for our students to hear from a professional footballer and we’re really grateful to Joe for coming along.”

“He gave some unique insight on his career so far, and some of the moments he has felt stress. For someone so young, Joe was really articulate, and it was great to hear from him.

“As well as improving on the pitch during games, and helping them on their sport courses, we also want to help develop our Wolves students as people.

“Coping with stress and maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing is vital for everyone. We want to give the young people as much knowledge as possible to help them tackle difficulties they may face throughout their lives.”

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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