Meet the qualitas leadership team
My name is Gavin Bailey and I’m the Director of Coaching at Qualitas. I first started playing football for a team at the age of 11 and after scoring 52 goals in my first season, I was signed by Derby County. After 2 years I was released and I came back home to play for AFC Dronfield, which was my happiest time in Sunday league football, winning many trophies.
At 13 I was then signed by Sheffield Wednesday and I stayed there until I was 20 years old representing the YTS/Reserve team and playing first team football. Also during this time I represented Chesterfield District/Derbyshire Schools and English schools. I also had spells playing professional football abroad in Finland and played first team football for MP, which again was a fantastic experience.
The highlight of my career was to play at Basle Switzerland for Sheffield Wednesday’s first team in the Inter Toto cup. I would say Trevor Francis was an inspiration as he was a great footballer and family man which I feel is important for today’s professional footballers.
My main aim is to help children development there football skills, teach them to respect others and hopefully give the same opportunities that I had as a child. Cede Nullis!
Sport Operation's Manager
Ashley started at Qualitas in April 2013 and has worked up the ranks to become the Scholarship Head Coach. He previously player for Scunthorpe United from the age of 11 until 18, representing the youth team and reserve team for the Iron’s since the age of 15. Since then Ashley achieved a First Class Honors in BSc Sports and Exercise Science from Sheffield Hallam University. He currently still plays semi-professional football whilst coaching both in schools and at skills sessions for Qualitas.
One2one Senior Coach
Kelvin is a Sport and Exercise Science Graduate (BSc, Msc) from Sheffield Hallam University and a qualified personal trainer. He has worked within a number of professional football clubs such as Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers, Barnsley FC and Rotherham United as a Sports Science intern. Alongside his work in football Kelvin was also a part of Sheffield Hallam University’s Strength and Conditioning team which involved working with high level and professional athletes from basketball, rugby league and field hockey. Kelvin now works with both players and parents from the Qualitas programme on a one-to-one or group basis utilising the skills and experience he has gained.
I joined Qualitas in May 2018 after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class honours degree in Physical Education and School Sport. Up until this point I have been heavily involved within the schools programme that we operate at Qualitas Sport, teaching PE lessons, leadership programmes and a variety of morning and after school skills sessions. I will still be continuing with my involvement within the schools programme alongside this new role, however much of my focus will be on looking to improve the scholarship experience.
I started coaching football from the age of 16 as soon as I left school, where I completed a two year apprenticeship within a coaching company in Chesterfield. My coaching experiences have taken me all over the world, including spending the majority of my summer in 2015 working on camps and in clubs as a professional soccer coach in the New England region of the USA. Since then, I have gone on to coach at a semi-professional standard in the UK whilst studying for my degree, giving me the perfect grounding for this role at Qualitas.
I first joined Qualitas Sport in February 2017 as the then U14/15 Head Coach, I rejoined Qualitas in a full time role after a brief spell working abroad in China as a football coach. My current role as a Senior Manager involves heading up the exciting new schools event programme, coaching within our schools, supporting the football Scholarship programme at all ages and mentoring current/new coaches within Qualitas.
After gaining a 1st Class Honours Degree at Sheffield Hallam University, studying BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport, in 2015 I went on to complete my Postgraduate Certificate in Education. From this I managed to secure my first teaching post at All Saint’s Catholic Voluntary Academy as a Secondary School PE Teacher where I taught sport to Key Stage 3&4 pupils, this included the delivery of GCSE PE and BTEC sport.
I am a big fan of football and am currently completing my UEFA B football coaching qualification during the 18-19 season. I always try and improve my subject knowledge and push myself to be better. Alongside my role with Qualitas I am also the Assistant Manager at Barnsley Ladies FC who compete in the FA Women’s National League and Women’s FA Cup.
The opportunity to come to Qualitas in my new full time role is one I could not resist and I am looking forward to exciting times ahead with Gavin, Ash and the rest of the great Qualitas Coaching team.
Ryan has been actively involved within football from a young age, representing both Cambridgeshire district schools’ team as well as local semi-professional Ryman league outlet, Soham Town Rangers. It is from his positive experiences of playing sport as a youth which fuelled his desire to work within the industry.
He has since gone on to complete three separate University degrees’ at Sheffield Hallam University, over a period of five years. This was met with great success including individual accolades for ‘Best MSc research project (2017)’ and ‘Student trainee teacher of the year (2018)’. His work experiences during this time included various roles at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and Qualitas Sports Ltd, alongside teaching experience at Sheffield United Community Foundation and Parkwood Academy secondary school. To date, his career highlight involved delivering sport and English lessons to orphaned children, out in Morocco over a four month summer project.
His coaching philosophy is around nurturing players to reach their footballing potential. This is achieved through promoting hard work, intensity and structure, whilst allowing freedom for his players to express themselves throughout a fun, positive and encouraging environment.