Kieran’s story - Albion in the Community

Kieran’s story

“All my experiences with AITC have given me the confidence to not only play sport, but to share my knowledge to teach others.”

Kieran is 19 years old and has cerebral palsy. He went to a mainstream school and because of his disability he often had to sit out PE lessons.

At the age of seven Kieran started playing football at one of our sessions. He loved being part of a team. His brothers all play football, so this was his chance to have the same opportunity.

When Kieran finished school, he started an apprenticeship with our disability department. Kieran completed the two-year course with flying colours.

He also gained his Football Association Level One and Level Two coaching qualifications, completed the coaching disabled footballers course and his Level One and Two in British Sign Language (BSL).

He said: “After completing work experience with Albion in the Community, I realised I can do more than I thought.”

Now Kieran is a well-respected coach working in our disability department and with our football development team. As a Level Two coach he is able to lead sessions and support others. He also plays wheelchair basketball at a national level in the highest league in the country.

His knowledge and experience within disability sport is amazing, he is a true role model for disability sport.