Tom Allen worked as a Primary School Teacher, mostly teaching 9 to 11-year-olds and has over 20 years voluntary sports coaching experience. He loves the power of sports and books and how they can inspire young people. His friend Rich passed away recently, leaving his incredible wife and three amazing children. Parts of the story are inspired by his friend's tragic passing, and he hopes the themes explored in his story will give strength and guide younger children who have also lost a loved one.
The Life of Riley - Unbreakable -Football fiction with a soul, aimed at children ages 9-12 years. -Will appeal to both boys and girls who enjoy the sport and touches on the challenges of growing up. -Sensitively explores the impending loss of losing a parent. Riley Adams has three passions in life: family, friends and football. Despite often finding school difficult, Riley finds happiness in friendships with his 'band of brothers and sisters', who play for his beloved Highfield Flyers FC. Riley and the Flyers learn to play together and focus, bringing them great moments and taking them close to glory. Rivalries form and the desire to win grows until... Riley's world is turned upside down when his Mum receives life-changing news. Can he really care about football again? What will happen to Mum? How will he cope with life now?