My first taste of football was at youth level in Milton Keynes with Woburn Lions in 1996. There I captained the side for many years, winning multiple youth awards and accolades, scoring over 150 goals and representing the MK district.
Northampton were the first side to see some talent but I was instead snapped up South Buckinghamshire's Wycombe Wanderers where I trained at the famous ex-england international centre, Bisham Abbey.
I soon found myself at Watford FC progressing through the academy as a promising goalkeeper. This was where I found myself falling out of love with football, and struggling with addiction as I came to terms with who I was. I drifted away from the game I loved as a career seemed possible.
I occasionally played casually, but after starting to transition and after years out of the game - I posted in a facebook group looking for somewhere to play football competitively, and LGBT inclusive side Soho FC answered. I made my debut in the GFSN cup final in 2019, went on to represent Soho at multiple tournaments including captaining the side at the GFSN National 7s in Liverpool.
A fresh start in late 2019 saw me transfer to Bristol City's affiliated LGBT side Bristol Panthers - A brilliant bunch of people who made me feel welcome and included. A strong season saw the Panthers enter lockdown unbeaten in the league and the team reaching it's first GFSN semi-final.
I am currently injured, but had been training and taking part in pre-season, while awaiting the outcome of the FA's decision on my participation in womens football, following a successful trial at a Full-Time 3rd tier National League South team.
I aim to use my love for football and influence to continue to champion LGBT+ inclusion and promote diversity.
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