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FOUNDER / DIRECTOR

DAVE BOLTON

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Dave Bolton has a very unique story to tell. One of overcoming extreme adversity, sheer tenacity, strength and overwhelming positivity.

Dave served in Air Ops Iraq, survived being crushed by an articulated lorry, to then go onto become a World Champion Kickboxer and served as a high flying Detective Sergeant tackling serious and organised crime.

Having already beaten cancer twice Dave continues to defy all the odds by continuing to out live his current terminal diagnosis.

As well as being a fitness expert he now also inspires people worldwide with his motivational talks and shares his experiences and knowledge to support and help fellow cancer patients such as Dominic Matteo.

ACHIEVEMENTS

1999-2001, MILITARY POLICE, RAF

  • Completed a tour of The Gulf as part of Air Ops Iraq and awarded the GSM II medal.

2001-2004, CONSTABLE, MERSEYSIDE POLICE

  • Awarded 2 commendations for identifying a disrupting and dismantling a prominent organised crime gang.

2009, LIGHTWEIGHT KICKBOXING CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

2006-2011, TACTICAL UNIT, MERSEYSIDE POLICE

  • Area commanders commendation for leadership, professionalism and commitment.

2012 - 2014, SERGEANT, TACTICAL UNIT, MERSEYSIDE POLICE

  • Spearheaded a new unit covert unit as a detective sergeant within the force focusing on serious and organised crime.

 

2014, strength & Conditioning coach

  • Completed Strength and Conditioning qualifications at Leeds Beckett University, specialising in Rugby & Combat sports.

2017 - 2019  calisthenics coach

  • Co-founded and became director of a Limited company The Bar-Bearians Calisthenics training centre.

2020 - present  motivational speaker

  • Dave now helps people, charities, schools businesses and teams ranging from SME's to Multinationals to deliver his motivational story covering topics such as Over coming life threatening and changing adversity, Team Work and cohesion, Mental and physical health, Adapting to Change, Improving productivityManagement, Positive mindset & Decision Making.

2021 - present  ahead of the game foundation

  • Dave founded and is Co-Director of Ahead Of The Game Foundation, offering fully funded Health & Wellbeing Cancer Rehabilitation Programmes to those diagnosed with Cancer.

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DOMINIC MATTEO

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Dominic Matteo is a Scottish former professional footballer. In a 17-year career as a defender and midfielder he played for Liverpool, Sunderland, Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, Stoke City and the Scotland National team.

His most memorable individual moment was his goal for Leeds in the Champions League against A.C. Milan. In November 2019 Dominic was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Following surgery at Leeds General Infirmary and the prospect of a long road to recovery, a mutual friend introduced Dominic to Dave Bolton.

A friendship grew between the two families as Dave shared his knowledge and experience to provide hope and inspiration.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

1993-2000, LIVERPOOL FC

  • 155 appearances

1994-1995, SUNDERLAND FC (LOAN)

  • 1 appearance

2000-2002, SCOTLAND NATIONAL TEAM

  • 6 appearances

2000-2004, LEEDS UNITED FC

  • 146 appearances

 

2004-2006, BLACKBURN ROVERS FC

  • 39 appearances

2017-2019, STOKE CITY FC

  • 25 appearance

2013-2014, LEEDS UNITED FC

  • Football Ambassador

2021 - present  ahead of the game foundation

  • Matt is Co-Director of Ahead Of The Game Foundation.

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Kelsey Parker

Kelsey Parker (nee Hardwick) is a trained actress from the prestigious school Italia Conti in London.  She is co-founder and owner of K2K Performing Arts School in Petts Wood and the wife of the late Tom Parker from boyband The Wanted. 

 

Kelsey found herself an unexpected grief expert and spokesperson after she was widowed at just 32 years old.  Tom lost his battle against a Glioblastoma brain tumour in March 2022 just 18 months after diagnosis.  Kelsey took an active interest in finding alternative treatment to compliment Tom’s cancer treatment and is keen to share her learnings.  She continues to campaign for better funding for brain tumour research since it receives only 1% of cancer funding despite being the biggest killer of under 40’s. 

Kelsey’s six part documentary series for ITV launched in December 2022 and was welcomed by audiences for taking a refreshing approach to death, grief, family and community.  Kelsey continues to document her grief journey on her highly engaged Instagram account where she also documents her daily life as a Mother, business owner and vibrant young woman.  Kelsey has a huge amount of support from friends and family and their commitment to supporting her, Tom and their children through their difficult journey has really captured audiences, proving “it takes a Village” and we can overcome anything with the right support network.  Kelsey’s positive outlook and fun-filled schedule is uplifting and inspiring and she is keen to send a message of Hope to anyone facing a diagnosis.

Together, Tom and Kelsey share two children; Aurelia and Bodhi. 

In 2022 Kelsey participated in Giovanna Fletcher’s CoppaFeel trek across the Sahara Desert with women affected by breast cancer and their families.  Kelsey is proud to be a Director of Ahead of the Game Foundation, founded by Dave Bolton.  In 2022, just two months after Tom’s death, Kelsey helped Tom’s autobiography “Hope” become a Sunday Times Best-Seller.

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tv credits

 2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 

  • Film

2010 Bullies 

  • Short film

2012 Eastenders 

  • Scripted TV

2012 Dead Beats

  • Pilot

2013 The Wanted Life

  • Pilot

2014 Abducted

  • Film

2014 He Who Dares: Downing Street Siege

  • Film

 

2015 Legacy

  • Film

2015 7 Days With

  • Unscripted ITV

2021 Tom Parker: Inside my Head 

  • Channel 4 Documentary

2022 Kelsey Parker: Life After Tom

  • ITV Documentary (six episodes)

 

 

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