I started athletics at the age of 10 competing at County level, soon after this I joined a local grass roots football team and was able to enjoy both activities. I was offered a contract with Brighton and Hove Albion FC to join their under 15 development squad. I was unable to continue competing in the athletics at this level due to the training commitments required. During my first year at Brighton I was selected for regular England Regional training camps and this progressed to National camps leading to me making my England under 17 debut against Norway.