meet the ambassadors
Our ambassador's support David Cotterill by promoting his work as widely as possible and raising awareness of the issues of mental health.
Born in Cardiff, David began his professional footballing career in 2004 at Bristol City before moving on to sign for Premier League Wigan Athletic. He is a full Welsh international, making his debut against Azerbaijan in October 2005. David went on to play a number of English clubs including Sheffield United, Swansea City, Birmingham City and Bristol City before retiring from football in 2017.
After retiring, David revealed that throughout his career he had suffered from depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts and that he had battled with alcohol problems and went to rehab in order to battle the issues of alcoholism. Since leaving the game, David has worked hard to gain the help that he needed to be a good father and husband and truly wants to make a difference in the lives of others.
David has set up his own mental health foundation and is raising more awareness for addiction. David provides mental health talks all over the world to help inspire others to seek help and overcome the barriers they face. The aim of the foundation is to educate and inspire communities to speak up, support each other and take action.
David now works in partnership with the Football Association of Wales and Mind. David is also looking to take on additional training this year to become a fully trained mental health therapist.
Marvin Sordell is a former professional footballer, who before retiring professionally in July 2019 citing mental health issues, played for several clubs, including Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, and Watford. He also represented England at Under 20 & Under 21 level, as well as having the rare accolade of becoming an Olympian with Team GB at London 2012.
He has often spoken in the public forum about his own mental health struggles, that were an ever-present throughout his footballing career. That has led him to become an ambassador for the mental health charity, CALM, as well as working alongside Heads Together, for their Heads Up campaign.
As an avid lover of literary, Marvin found his therapy in the form of writing poetry, whilst in the depths of his battles with depression. This led to him writing a poem called ‘Denis Prose’, an anagram for depression, likening a car journey with an unwanted passenger to journeying through everyday life with an unwanted other conscious in your mind. He has since transformed that into a short film with his production company, 180 Productions, and it has been well received throughout the communities of football and beyond.
I am Marko and I’m a life coach and motivational speaker specialising in addiction.
I’ve been there myself - I spent years struggling with a gambling addiction and being dishonest. It nearly ruined my life. But I turned my life around, and that’s why I believe that I can help you. Nearly 6 years gamble FREE with various clientele whom I’ve helped along the way.