Athletes Our athletes Chris Elliot Chris started playing football at 7 years old and by 11 was a member of Middlesbrough FC's Football Academy. Moving on to Bradford City AFC to start his professional career he was presented with the Young Player of the Year award in 2011. Since then Chris has spent most of the last 4 years playing his football in Sweden for various teams, firstly IFK Holmsund and more recently Boden BK. This time has been spent working his way up the divisions securing promotions, playing in cup finals and enjoying his football. Chris suffered an injury to his lower back which he thought might prevent him from returning to the full time game. However he has come through a long rehabilitation process Chris and has made the necessary steps to carry on his career as a Professional Football Player. He's now playing for South Shields FC in the Northern League Division One Giving Back Chris is enjoying his time as an athlete mentor for the Trust and is looking to get more involved in the future.