Football industry educational programme
“I wanted to be involved in something that I could get my teeth into.”
Aaron is a former Everton, Wales and Great Britain disability footballer who suffers from cerebral palsy and has also battled pancreatitis. He was working for Conwy Council when Kelly Davies offered him the chance to join Vi-Ability.
“I was working in complaints, but I only had a two-month contract and with such an uncertain future, it was difficult ”
“Luckily enough, Kelly had spoken to me and said, ‘Do you want to come and do some voluntary work and see if you like it?’ I took a gamble really and so did she.”
After starting out on the coaching side by collecting cones and equipment, Aaron went on to gain his Football Leaders award and completed Vi-Ability’s BTEC course in Football Industries.
“I gained more confidence as time went on. I became more responsible, was given more responsibility and did more coaching.”
“I was working in hundreds of schools across Conwy and even went to Italy with Juventus. It was an incredible experience.”
Aaron has since left Vi-Ability to work as a casual disability coach for Denbighshire council and is also involved with Welsh Premier club Prestatyn Town.
“Hopefully now through my work at Denbighshire and Prestatyn Town, and with the other projects that I’m involved in, I can really make a difference to the children in North Wales.”
Aaron has been so successful that he won the Sport Wales Young Coach of the Year award for 2012.
“To have even been nominated for a national award was a huge accomplishment. Winning it made me very, very proud.”
“I’ve had my time playing sport and now I want to really inspire others to as well. With that award, hopefully I can push on now and really make a difference.”
Of his time with Vi-Ability, he says: “It sounds soppy but I can’t thank Kelly enough. She has changed my life through football and I still look back and I think how incredible it’s been.”