Journalism by degrees for footballers

Gareth Owen, the 25-year-old Stockport County defender, is preparing for a switch to journalism by studying for a degree at Staffordshire University. Owen is one of a clutch of players on the Professional Footballers’ Association course who are preparing for when their playing careers are over.

Owen is attending a two-year fast-track sports journalism and broadcasting degree.

The course, funded by the PFA, was spotted by the player himself, who was keen to become involved. He is at the halfway stage of the course which he chose ahead of studying physiotherapy and sports science.

Speaking to the Stockport Express, he said: “This course is a brilliant one, I love it. The practical stuff like writing articles and reading articles out on the radio is particularly interesting.”

Gareth, who signed for Stockport in the summer following a successful year-long loan spell from Oldham Athletic, was named the club’s player of the year last season.

Other sportsmen taking the same course include former Nottingham Forest star and Notts County striker Jason Lee, and cricketers Will Smith and Steve Snell.

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