Meet our Team

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Chris Bright – Founder of The Diabetes Football Community

Chris is the founder of the project and has had Type 1 diabetes since 1999. He has a degree in Sports Studies and has played Football for his county, university and as a semi-professional. He became a Wales Futsal International in 2016 and was also called into the England Universities Futsal squad in January 2018.  Following his success at England Universities and performances for the University of Worcester, he was awarded Male Athlete of the Year at the University for the 2017/18 season. Chris lives and breathes football and began TDFC in February 2017, where he brings his own experience as a diabetic to the project. He supports Aston Villa FC. His Twitter & Instagram handle is: @chrisbrighty1

We Are Undefeatable ( Chris’ Story )

 

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James Josephs – Head of Brand & Design

Jimmy Josephs is in charge of design and branding. He’s a huge football fan and a friend of our founder. He currently works in print and design project management. Jim is a father and a season ticket holder at Birmingham City FC. His Twitter handle is: @jimmy_josephs

 

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Alex Richards – Performance Psychologist

Alex gained his masters degree from the University of Stirling (Scotland’s national centre of sporting excellence). Having also played futsal for stirling, Alex looks to combine his experiences in football, futsal and psychology to help improve the experience of people living with Diabetes involved in football. His twitter handle is: @alex_acr

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Jon Peach – Fundraising Project Manager
Jon was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic at the age of 5 and doesn’t remember life without the condition.  Sport has always been a huge part of his life, and he considers himself fortunate to have been able to play sport for such a long time.  He has played Saturday football to a good standard and has coached at two professional football teams.  Jon had retired from sport through injuries and operations until the opportunity to play in the UK Type 1 Futsal team came around. Jon, played for the team in Kiev at DiaEuro 2019. He currently works as a PE teacher in Bristol and supports Tottenham Hotspur and Wycombe Wanderers. Twitter: @jonpeach5

 

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Bryn White – TDFC London Manager

As an Account Manager within the healthcare communications industry, Bryn joins the team to support the growth of the community within London. He aims to drive the creation of inspirational stories that will look to reduce diabetic related barriers to participation & performance. In addition to having Type 1 Diabetes, Bryn also has an unfortunate lifelong condition of being a Sheffield Wednesday fan (his words not ours!).

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Jon Tyrrell – Fundraising Project Manager & Joint UK Diabetes Futsal Team Head Coach

A passionate advocate for Futsal, who’s played at a semi-professional standard of Football as well as the top level of Futsal in England, Jon has been pivotal in growing the reach of TDFC.  Jon has helped to develop our fundraising abilities, as well as playing and coaching the UK all Diabetes Futsal team. Another Tottenham Hotspur fan within our team who you can follow on Twitter with his handle @JonoTyrrell

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Tim Ward – Head of TDFC North West 

Tim has been an instrumental figure within the TDFC family since April 2018 and our first ever Male UK Diabetes Futsal team training session. A former semi-professional footballer, passionate part time coach and family man who’s lived with type 1 for over 40 years. This summer he had the honour of Captaining the UK Diabetes Futsal team at DiaEuro 2019 and now he leads the growth of our TDFC North West Hub. A huge Manchester United fan who you can follow on Twitter under the handle: @Tim_Ward07

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Ian Dingwall – TDFC Scotland Participation Manager

Ian ‘Dingy’ Dingwall has been a great addition to the team in 2019. A huge Glasgow Rangers fan who was the first Scottish player to represent the UK’s all diabetes Futsal team at DiaEuro 2019. Ian will focus on developing playing opportunities for people with Diabetes in Scotland as part of our TDFC Scotland Hub. You can follow him through his Twitter handle: @WeeDingy

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Lesley Murdoch – Head of TDFC Scotland 

Pictured with her inspiration (Lochlan), Lesley has been an incredible driver of support for type 1 diabetes in Scotland and due to her son’s passion for Football also a huge supporter of TDFC. Having successfully driven an incredible fundraising effort with Lochlan’s Stadium Marathon she has also agreed to lead the TDFC Scotland Hub. Her drive for improving educational support will be imperative to the success of our Scotland project. You can follow Lesley via her twitter handle: @elle_belle100

If you want to get involved and potentially become part of the team please get in touch.