Former Huish Vocational Sport (2013-15) and BSc Sports Development and Coaching (2015-18) student, Adrian Salisbury has made amazing progress in his career since graduating from Huish in 2018 and now works for Chelsea Football Club.
“My time at Huish was massive for my development. The personal tutoring of Chris Heal during my BTEC days, and then my positive relationship with particularly John and Lee at degree level certainly got me ‘on track’”.
He achieved 3 D*s in his course and at the time was able to complete his degree at Huish, departing college with first class honours. He relocated to Surrey where he was swiftly appointed as a Children and Young People Football Development Officer for Surrey FA. This role involved overseeing and developing the Children and Young People offer at the association, as well as supporting internal, external and workforce development at the University of Surrey.
“My advice for current Huish students is simply, take every opportunity, network as much as you can, and always try and present yourself in a good light – you never know what conversations your name might appear in”.
“The voluntary opportunities at Huish essentially got my foot through the door within The FA network”.
Since September 2019 he has worked as a Project Officer for Chelsea Football Club working as the liaison between Chelsea FC Foundation and St. Mary’s University for their Football Coaching and Development Degrees. His role includes student recruitment and retention, coordinating work placements and assisting students with their personal and professional development, often linked to Chelsea FC and Chelsea FCF.
“The university have enabled me to complete my PGCAP (now a qualified lecturer) and the TALS Level 3 (Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support), as well as network with people throughout industry such as Gerard Houllier before his passing, Eddie Jones and many more that don’t make the ‘headlines’”.
“The ability to work and chat with some real leaders in both community coaching and elite coaching, as well as some higher profile names such as Joe and Ashley Cole, Katie Chapman and Carlo Cudicini, is brilliant and certainly a benefit of working for a ‘big club’”.
“Future aspirations? Despite being an ‘Officer’, I am line managed by the Head of Region (second in command) at Chelsea. This keeps me on my toes in terms of working at a high level but is brilliant for my development. I’d say it’s an aspiration to become a manager within the Foundation overseeing a geographic area (overseeing school work, development centres, community projects etc).”.