Liam had played for mainstream football clubs all his childhood and into his teenage years. However, after a back injury and being diagnosed with spondylosis of the spine Liam became socially isolated not wanting to socialise or being around his peers. This led to Liam becoming anxious and channelling his frustrations in other ways.
On hearing about the Ability Counts section of Solihull Moors it was suggested that Liam would come along and join in. Liam immediately found that he felt part of the team and each week he became more confident. Not only did Liam feel that no one looked at his disability, but more important he was accepted. Liam is now the captain of the Ability Counts team and is often on the score sheet in most matches. Liam is happy because not only is he now back doing what he is passionate about, but he has noticed a difference in his temperament. Liam is feeling more focused about the future.
With use of the Children in Need funding we have been able to offer Liam the opportunity to receive support on a weekly basis to work within the club experiencing how it runs and what goes into making it successful. Liam is settled and heavily involved in our schools programmes and is often out within the community networking and telling others about what opportunities are available.
Liam is also all set to start his Level One in coaching in the early spring and will help support other young people who have experienced the same difficulties. We are very excited and happy to see what Liam has achieved during his time with the Moors and look forward to seeing what happens in the future.