Neurodiversity Celebration Week! Football coach tells their story – and encourages others to embrace conditions

Posted on: 22nd Mar 2024

A football coach who lives with ADHD is encouraging others to embrace conditions which historically may have affected opportunities to operate in a professional environment.

To mark Neurodiversity Celebration Week, Ignite Training tutors and Ignite Sport coaches have united to encourage those living with neurodivergent conditions – such as autism and tourette’s – to embrace their behaviours and not allow themselves to be held back.

Adults affected by ADHD can have problems with organisation, time management, following instructions, completing tasks and coping with stress. But Ignite Training and Ignite Sport are asking others to view neurodivergent conditions as a superpower and not something which has the potential to hold them back.

One of our sport coaches – who lives with ADHD – said: “ADHD can have various effects on my daily life. It can make it challenging to stay focused, stay organised, manage time, and complete tasks.

“It might also lead to difficulties with impulsivity and hyperactivity.

“It’s important to celebrate ADHD because it helps raise awareness, reduce stigma and promote understanding. By celebrating ADHD, we can highlight the unique strengths and talents that individuals with ADHD possess.

“It also encourages a more inclusive and supportive environment where people with ADHD can thrive and reach their full potential.”

Launched in 2018, Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative which challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences.

The week aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities and other organisations the opportunity to recognise people’s talents and achievements.

It’s estimated between 15 and 20 per cent of the UK population lives with a neurodivergent condition – approximately 12 million people.

Our coach added: “If someone is struggling with ADHD, I would offer them support and understanding.

“Let them know that they’re not alone and that there are strategies and resources available to help them manage their challenges. Encourage them to seek professional help, such as talking to a doctor or therapist, who can provide guidance and support tailored to their specific needs.

“Remember, you’re not alone in this journey.”

Further information about Neurodiversity Celebration Week is available by clicking here. The week runs until Sunday, March 24.

About Ignite Training

Established in 1999, Ignite’s primary aim is to actively inspire people, and to help create a sense of achievement for everyone. Based in Oxford and operating nationally, we provide a portfolio of training and services to individuals, schools and the sports industry, ranging from weekly clubs for tots to adult courses and apprenticeships.

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