I am Jack O’Brien, I am 27 years old and have been a Type 1 Diabetic since February 2017.
I have always played football throughout my life. The last couple of years I have tried to play mainly 5 or 7 a side football and also Futsal when I get the opportunity. I also coach a Football team at the school I work at. We have been successful this year being crowned the London Schools Champions.
I am incredibly proud to say that I will be representing the UK again this year at the DiaEuro. Not only representing our country, but our condition as well which is something that really inspires me. My Family are all so proud as well, and will be flying over this year to cheer us all on! On a personal note, I would love to chip in with a goal or two this year!
Being involved in TDFC has been a big part of my Diabetic journey to date. I was newly Diagnosed when the TDFC was formed so I pretty much got involved when I was still learning about the condition. It was brilliant for me to be able to make friends and spend time with other Diabetics who share a passion for Football. I was really concerned when diagnosed that playing sports was going to be to challenging, but learning so much from the rest of the guys put me at ease and made the big transition I was going through a lot easier. If there are any newly diagnosed people reading, then I strongly recommend getting involved with TDFC!