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WhatJobs’ Man Nominated For Award For Work in Women’s Rugby

Adrian Silvester has been nominated for an award

A member of WhatJobs’ staff could be rewarded for his tireless work in the world of women’s rugby. 

Adrian Silvester, 37, who joined the fast-growing job search platform at the start of 2024, is nominated for the “Unsung Hero/Heroine In Women’s Sport” at the Omnia Media Outstanding Awards.

The Business Development Executive dedicates hours of his time away from WhatJobs to helping young women achieve their rugby dreams. 

Adrian is heavily involved with Hampshire rugby and has coached around the world since having to give up playing after a serious neck injury.

He has coached at elite level in Brazil and Malta and has close links to Aviva Premiership giants Harlequins and other clubs.

Adrian has been involved in coaching for 17 years and has seen some of the players he has coached become professional and even international players. 

He said:

“Developing rugby players to be the best is not just a job but it is also a merging, diverse, inclusive and positive/ negative journey for one and all.

“These journeys are as much journeys for us as coaches or leaders as much as it is for them as people so I have ensured that my own growth and self-development has been aimed to grow to ensure.”

The awards are being held at Wembley Stadium on May 14.

Adrian added:

“I’m so pleased to be nominated as one of three Finalists for Unsung Hero/Heroine in Women’s Sport."

"I don't look for this, I prefer to sit in the background and guide and assist all participants and ensure they leave with a smile and that's all I need.

"I am in shock and awe to whoever nominated me, also thanking the panel of judges to feel to include me in the final Three.

This is an honour not just for myself, it's for the whole community of people out there working hard to ensure Women's Sports are more and more accessible and recognised in life.

"I would like to thank several people who taught me this.

"The first being Keith Boatman, my first proper mentor for women's rugby coaching; Jo and Mark Fisher from Chobham Rugby, who gave me my first chance to coach women's rugby; and their daughter Izzy Fisher, who I have known since she was an u15 and went on to play at a high level.

"Finally I would like to thank a personal friend of mine, Gary Street.

"In 2014, I had not had the chance to meet yet and grow our friendship, but to see him win the Womens Rugby World Cup for the first time, gave me a passion to continue working and promoting the women's game and more."

Gary has had some serious health issues recently and the rugby community has been fundraising to help him and his family.

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Second Award

Adrian is also nominated for a second award for his work in Hampshire. 

He is up for the award at the Honda Volunteer of the Year awards on June 6.

The Honda Volunteer of the Year Awards is an annual nationwide initiative that gives anyone involved in rugby the opportunity to nominate a volunteer at a grassroots rugby club, or wider rugby family, who they think deserves recognition for their commitment to the game over the last 12 months.

Alex McDowell, WhatJobs’ Operations Director, said:

“Adrian’s work with rugby is hugely impressive.

“You can see how passionate he is about it and the incredible efforts he makes away from work.

"He’s made a great start to his career at WhatJobs’ and we wish him well in the upcoming awards.” 

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