Athletes Our athletes Chris McCready Chris enjoyed a 15-year career as a professional footballer, playing in every division from League Two to the Championship, amassing almost 400 professional appearances. Whilst still playing, Chris studied part time for a BSc Science and Football degree, and graduated in 2014 with 1st Class Honours. Since his retirement from football, Chris has been studying for his PhD which is supporting the Personal Development of young athletes, a topic which is close to his heart. Chris joined the Trust in 2015 after meeting Adam Whitehead. From here Chris has helped to plan, deliver and evaluate a new and exciting Trust project, in conjunction with the League Football Education, which encourages the Personal Development of Elite Youth Footballers. In the future it is hoped this project will engage with athletes across a range of sports. Chris has worked on our On Track to Achieve programme in Carlisle, working with two schools and 12 young people. He has written blogs for the Trust in relation to retirement from sport, the challenges experienced, and how support and education are crucial for elite athletes to embrace the opportunities they find post-sport. Chris says his greatest achievements are not found on the football field, they are found within his wife and kids, and how they support each other and continually put other people first. Through his work at the Trust, and his continued education, he hopes to support many more people in this way.