Having spent eight years at Birmingham City Football Club Academy and on the verge of being a professional footballer, Jack was caught in an unprovoked assault that left him with a serious brain injury and mild cerebral palsy in his limbs. Forced to retire from professional football due to the assault in March 2009 Jack struggled to see a purpose to life.

Yet after years of extensive rehabilitation, a remarkable recovery has led him to Jack captaining the England Cerebral Palsy football team. It’s a second chance at a sporting career and he uses this astounding story of resilience to inspire young people and help raise their aspirations.

Jack has now played in 5 major tournaments: the Intercontinental Cup, European Championships, 2 World Championships and the Paralympics Games in Rio where he captained the GB team. Rio, in particular, was incredible and he got the opportunity to play against some of the best footballers in the world on the global stage in the second biggest sporting event in the world. 

Jack is now Head of Disability Football with McDonald’s, a Headway ambassador, the England U21 Cerebral Palsy football coach, and runs his own business, Jack Rutter Skills School.

Giving Back

Alongside his sporting commitments Jack supports a number of the Trust’s programmes, mentoring and delivering sessions on AQA Unlocking Potential, On Track to Achieve, National Citizen Service and our flagship programme Get On Track. He also devotes time to coaching football initiatives across his home county of Gloucestershire.

Whether through the Trust or other organisations, Jack tries to give at least five to ten days of volunteering a year.

Competitive record

Rio Paralympic Games

World Championships 2015 (5th)

European Championships 2014 (5th)

Intercontinental Cup 2013 (9th)