Charlie founded Solihull Moors Football Club Open Age Disability team at the age of 18, having seen his own career ended following a car accident three years earlier which saw him suffer severe brain damage.
Following the accident in 2012, Charlie spent six months in a coma and a further 10 months recovering; learning to walk, talk, eat and drink again.
An inspiration; Charlie has since gone on to use the experience to raise awareness, alongside acting as player-manager of the team he founded.
In July 2013, he started playing football for the FA Cerebral Palsy Regional Centre of Excellence for the West Midlands – and was later selected to play for the Northern Ireland CP team in January 2015. Charlie’s achievements have also included his involvement in the Intercontinental CP Championships in Denmark and the CP World Cup hosted at St George’s Park.
All at the County FA are delighted for Charlie and his family – and are incredibly proud of his remarkable achievements and service to the inclusive grassroots game in the region.
Meanwhile, if you’ve been inspired by Charlie’s achievements and want to know more about Birmingham County FA’s disability programme, please contact:
Football Development Officer (Disability)
0121 357 4278 (Ext. 211)