Meet Ahead of the Game Foundation

Meet Ahead of the Game Foundation

Thu 17 February

Set up by Dave Bolton and ex football player Dominic Matteo, Ahead of the Game Foundation looks after the wellbeing of people diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Ahead of the Game Foundation founder Dave Bolton's life changed after he was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma in 2015 and was given a prognosis of just 3 months. Since then he remains in the top 2% of Glioblastoma survivors globally.

Ex Liverpool and Leeds footballer Dominic Matteo was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Ependymoma in 2019.

Following their diagnosis, Dominic and Dave struck up a friendship and realised they shared a passion for using their platforms to make a difference for people struggling with terminal illness.

In 2020, they formed Ahead of the Game Foundation together.

What does the foundation do?

Dominic had a 17-year career in football, and Dave is a fully qualified strength and conditioning coach, with a Level 4 qualification in cancer rehabilitation exercise prescription.

Dave and Dominic use their shared experience to help people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, through sport and other activities.

Based on the Wirral, the foundation's focus is on improving the mental health, financial and physical health of those who are at risk and vulnerable, through access to sports.

The foundation offers wild swims, nature walks, golf days and many other activities, as well as a Cancer Health & Wellbeing Rehabilitation Programme based in Merseyside.

How can I get involved?

Ahead of the Game Foundation has several upcoming events you can get involved in.

On Monday 28th February they are holding a Live Q&A with founder Dave Bolton. Find out more here.

On Saturday 19th March, they are running a Mental Health March to mark Brain Tumour Awareness Month. The 10-mile walk will set off from New Brighton at 10am. Find out more here.


How can I find out more?
To find out more about the foundation, visit the website:

You can also follow Ahead of the Game Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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