Adrian J. Peterson
Football Industries MBA, 2014
Before starting the Football Industries MBA, Adrian was Head of Football at a top independent school in London.
What were you doing before you began MBA study?
My most recent post was Head of Football at an independent school in London, alongside running a soccer school, a football camps business and coaching at a grassroots club.
Why did you choose the Football and Management MBA?
For a number of reasons, mainly because of FIMBA's status and reputation as the only football MBA in the world. But also the teaching and visiting staff's expertise and the Football Industry group's great network of connections.
How did you fit MBA study into your life?
I decided to immerse myself in the programme entirely, so I left all of my coaching positions back in London and moved up to Liverpool to focus fully on the MBA.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Liverpool Management School ahead of other Universities?
The Football Industries MBA was the main reason, but the Management School's facilities and staff also helped in the decision making process.
What did you particularly like about the Management School and Liverpool in general?
The people, ie. both the admin and academic staff working at the Management School were fantastic and Liverpool's nightlife made studying there that much more fun.
What do you feel has been the most rewarding element of the course?
Firstly, getting to know the other students and building a strong rapport with them. We all became something of a big family: we spent a lot of time together outside of the classroom. Secondly, all of the field trips to football clubs and guest-speaker sessions.
What skills do you feel that you learnt whilst studying at the Management School which you feel will help you in your future career?
The course is structured in such a way, that alongside teaching us the curriculum, it also delivers a , which is based on interactive sessions that taught us all the key skills required in the modern job market.
What are your future career goals?
To break into the professional football industry and to build up my career within it.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying an MBA?
Just do it. There are dozens of benefits of studying FIMBA: not only is it a professional qualification in business and management which boosts your employability, but it is also the only such course in the world, so gives you a wide network of connections and opens doors into a career in the business side of the beautiful game.
What is your current role?
My current role is the Technical Secretary at Club Santos Laguna. I'm responsible for supporting the football intelligence department in first team performance and tactical analysis, opposition scouting and player acquisitions, as well as youth and international developments.