Premier League, Education Manager
Charlie first spoke at our National Heads of Education Conference in August 2016 where he told his story about overcoming adversity to play football again. Charlie is an impressive young man and his story is both moving and inspiring and, albeit very tragic circumstances that lead Charlie to tell his story, he does so with great wit and charm. He has since begun presenting to the Scholars in our Clubs and the feedback we have received has been excellent. Charlie is indeed an inspiration to us all.
Futsal Manager And Quality Improvement
Assistant League Football Education
Overall an excellent year’s delivery which LFE have been extremely impressed with. As you can see on Page 4 and Page 5 (good pages to compare against the other presenters) the first box shows that Charlie received the highest percentage for apprentices rating his session as excellent – given that it was his first year of delivery I think that’s a phenomenal achievement and he should be very pleased with it.
Client Testimonials Below. I have had the pleasure of knowing Charlie for over 10 years. We train together 2-4 times a week. The remarkable progress he has made since his injury must be largely attributed to his strength of character. His focus, motivation and determination to achieve his goals, serves as a source of inspiration for everyone around him.
If Charlie Fogarty can't inspire young athletes to work at being the very best they can be then I'm not sure who can! This inspiring young man talked about his incredible journey to overcome adversity and to return to playing football. He conveyed this with a great sense of humour and our apprentices really engaged with him.
The session made me realise how lucky I am. The session presented by the young ex footballer was a very inspiring and fantastic way to give all the squad a reality check and realise how hard others want to achieve. Overall it was a great experience and a great learning curve for us at Bradford City Football Club.
DR. KEVIN MORRIS
Consultant paediatrician at Birmingham Children's Hospital
Charlie Fogarty is a truly inspiring young man who epitomises the power of 'never giving up'. Aged 15 years Charlie suffered a devastating brain injury which put his life in real danger and left him with a mountain to climb to regain life skills that we all take for granted. With the love and support of his family and the benefit of huge personal motivation he has made a remarkable recovery which has surpassed the expectations of the medical team that looked after him following his injury. His enthusiasm for life and his terrific sense of humour give him the strength to cope with ongoing challenges and I have no doubt that he will continue to set himself ambitious goals for what he wants to achieve. Already hundreds have been inspired through hearing him speak about his journey including the staff at Birmingham Children's Hospital where he delivered the Hospital Grand Round in January 2016, and by over 300 delegates at an international conference for doctors and nurses working in Intensive Care Units for children, held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham in September 2015. The audience were captivated by his story, his determination, and his humour - many tears were shed but there were also long periods of laughter. He was followed onto the platform by Malala Yousafzai but the standing ovation after his talk was every inch as long and as well deserved as that for Malala. A flood of e-mails, texts and tweets to the conference organisers after the meeting spoke about how delegates left the conference inspired by what they had heard from Charlie.
MR. L MULLINS
Bishop Challoner Catholic College Birmingham
Charlie Fogarty Presentation to Year 9 students at Bishop Challoner School in Birmingham.Charlie was invited into our school as we felt his story would inspire many of our students and help them consider their own futures and attitudes towards achieving their own goals in life. For someone to have gone through so much at such a young age and then come through the other side and be so successful was something we felt would help our students at Bishop Challoner Catholic College.The talk itself carried out by Charlie was fantastic and I feel our students gained a great deal from it. He pitched it at a perfect level for our Year 9 students, being both educational and motivational. His engaging personality and brilliant sense of humour made the speech resonate with our students, especially coming from a boy from their own local area.Charlie is a very inspirational young man who has a very bright future ahead of him, both teachers and students left the talk feeling motivated and inspirited by his truly engaging presentation.