Stoke City FC's community boss celebrates hat-trick

Adrian Hurst pictured with Stoke manager Tony Pulis

The Head of Community Programmes at Stoke City FC has scored a HE hat trick by adding a master’s degree to his existing graduate certificate and FE College qualifications.

Adrian Hurst, 36, has worked at Stoke City FC for the past 17 years, working his way up to his current role, delivering education and sport initiatives to young people around the region.

Adrian said: “I’ve been on courses in the past and have a graduate certificate in Community Practice, but this MA in Community Practice from Staffordshire University is the best I’ve been on.”

“The support of the staff was fantastic and the lecturers always went above and beyond.  It was good to do something academic as I felt the need to formalise my qualifications, and as it is related to my field, it has really helped with my work at Stoke City.”

The Community department headed up by Adrian aims to provide opportunities for all, regardless of their background, ethnicity, economic status or physical ability.

They have recently secured funding of £1 million from the Premier League and funding partners, to roll out several projects across the city over the next three years.


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