Fresh off the back of winning Disability Sportsperson of the Year at the Eastleigh Sports Awards, Saints Foundation participant, Mark Ridley, was invited to St George’s Park for the opportunity of a lifetime.
Mark, who captained a Saints Foundation team at a tournament in Vienna in 2017, and also captains the Foundation’s Elite SaintsAbility team, was invited to play for CP United against the England CP senior team.
This opportunity has capped an incredible 12 months for Mark, who this time last year was battling severe mental health issues after a serious motorcycle accident left him with Brachial Plexus injury, brain damage and other numerous injuries.
“To use the facilities at St George’s Park has been amazing. After my injury I never thought I’d have opportunities like this,” said Ridley.
Having first started engaging with Saints Foundation through its Hampshire Pan Disability league, acting as player-manager of Andover Streets Ahead, his exceptional leadership skills brought him to the attention of Saints Foundation’s staff.
“To be 29 years old and here playing at St George’s Park is more than I ever thought I could do.
“I always wanted to go into teaching or coaching within disability sport after my injury, and I think through Saints Foundation I can do that.”
We shared Mark’s journey to Vienna in 2017, watch his story here:
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