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We’re excited to have Manchester United and England legend Michael Carrick join Team High Sheriff. Michael is one of the most decorated English players of all time, and is most well known for his 12 years at Manchester United.
Alex was born in Moss Side, Manchester, and signed his professional contract for Manchester City FC in 1980; making his full debut in 1981 as the first black goalkeeper. He played 142 games for Manchester City FC between 1981-1985 and represented England at under 18 and under 21 level; winning European championships at both levels in 1981 and 1984. Alex is currently the ambassador for City in the Community (CITC) and has been since 1986. He was awarded an MBE in 2002, for Services to Young People.
Sulay is a student at Stockport Grammar School. He is passionate about football and cricket and plays for his school and local club. He is a committed Manchester City Fan and overall appreciates the beautiful game whatever shirt the player wears.
After a successful career working in Finance and Investments with the Co-operative Group, Colin chose to make a sharp shift in profession and industry sector. Becoming CEO of Manchester FA in 2009, Colin has developed both a talented workforce and transformed the operational structure that supports the grassroots game in Greater Manchester.
A huge part to his and Manchester FA’s success has been from forming a collaborative team all working together to influence change and to be recognised now as one of the leading flagship county fa’s across the country. Colin is widely regarded as a pivotal person that that connects the grassroots game to the professional game in Manchester and has created enviable perception of the game and governance in Greater Manchester.
Colin represents all levels of the game within Manchester as a member of The FA Council. Colin has also served as the Independent Chair of the Oldham Athletic Community Trust and also Chairs the Football and Futsal Board at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).
Colin has been voted as one of the top 250 most influential people in Greater Manchester connecting private and public sectors to sport and volunteering and is always keen to support and mentor those talented people looking to connect their skills to business in sport.
Personally, Colin is married to Daniella and has two children Will is aged 14 and Evie 12.
Grace is 27 years old, has Downs Syndrome and believes that all people, regardless of their disability should have the opportunity, support and encouragement to live their lives to the full. After attending a main stream school and completing various college courses Grace now has a variety of work placements and interests.
She is currently working with two local charities in Macclesfield and at Alderley Edge Primary School.
Keeping fit and healthy is important to Grace and she enjoys going to the gym, swimming, running and playing tennis. She is a keen member of the Downs Syndrome Active programme which includes weekly sessions with The Didsbury Runners. She also participates in the Tennis Foundation Learning Disability Scheme attending training camps and tournaments, which are held throughout the U.K.
Grace would encourage all young people, regardless of their disability to be more active, join in and have a go at any opportunities that come their way.