Charlie F – My Story
A talented teenager who aspired to be a professional football player was left in a coma for four months after being hit by a car overtaking a bus when he was crossing the road. Charlie Fogarty, from Solihull, suffered a severe brain injury from the accident which led him to spend six months in a children’s rehabilitation centre in Surrey. Charlie has taken part in CP World Cups x 2 England and Argentina and European Championships in Holland and Intercontinental Championships in Denmark playing for Northern Ireland CP.
Charlie’s determination in his battle back to fitness and to inspire others earned him the Highly Commended runner-up in the Child of Courage category at the Pride of Birmingham awards 2014.
Where it all began : Shortly before the accident Charlie had finished a four year contract at Birmingham City FC’s Academy and was trialling for Milton Keynes Dons. Charlie started playing football for the West Midlands Centre of Excellence Cerebral Palsy team in July 2013 and was selected for the Northern Ireland CP team in January 2015.
Training : Solihull Moors FC Ability Counts on Saturday am and Ability counts league on a Sunday plus Northern Ireland CP.
The impact sport has had on my life: Sport is my main driver. It spurs me on every day to be the best I can possibly be.
My ambitions in sport: To get CP Football back into the Paralympics and to represent GB in the Paralympics.
My advice to others with cp who might want to try sport: Do it, its everything and more.
Visit Charlie’s website here: www.charliefogarty.co.uk