KILLYLEAGH native Chelsey Logan’s rise through the ranks of women’s football hit new heights this summer after she was promoted to a leading role within a Premier League club.

The St Mary’s University, Twickenham graduate is the new Female Football Development Manager at Brentford Football Club, and she’s excited to play her part of what is an exciting chapter in the history of the Bees.

“My role in a nutshell is to develop the player pathway towards our senior women’s team, so I’ll be overseeing each of the levels below it,” Chelsey said.

“I’ve learnt a lot from people in the past and every opportunity that’s been thrown at me I’ve just tried to take. It’s not something I’m nervous about, it’s something I’m looking forward to,” added the 25 year-old.

“I started working for Brentford in a multi-sports role during my first year at uni back in 2017 and it’s kind of gone from there. I would have gone into primary schools for example and done after school clubs, PE teaching and that sort of thing.

“The April after coming out of lockdown was when I got a full-time job as an education coordinator for the club, working with kids who are at risk of exploitation or have barriers stopping them from reaching their full potential,” continued Chelsey, whose degree in Coaching Development and Education at Chelsea FC saw her gain an invaluable insight into the very highest level of the game.

“We would have had lectures at Stamford Bridge and gone to Cobham where Chelsea train, so I’ve been given a taste of and the exposure to an elite environment and every aspect of how a football club is run,” she said.