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Clarke Carlisle

Former Chair PFA

Clarke Carlisle is a presenter on Absolute Radio and is a commentator for ITV Sport across their FA Cup and Europa League coverage. He was part of the team that covered the World Cup from Brazil. Clarke was the first current professional footballer to appear on the BBC's Question Time. He is noted as one of the most eloquent, insightful voices in the modern game. He gained a great deal of acclaim and recognition in his time as chairman of the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) and his work speaking up against racism, homophobia and other excesses of the game on and off the pitch.

"Widely regarded as one of the most eloquent professional footballers"

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In detail

Clarke made his debut for Blackpool in 1997 before moving to Queens Park Rangers in 2000. He then had spells at Leeds United and Watford before joining Burnley. In 2000 he was selected by Howard Wilkinson and won three caps for the England under-21s. Clarke has experienced the very highs of professional sport. He retired at the end of the 2012-2013 season after making over 500 appearances at senior level. Clarke has featured on news and sports programmes on ITV, Sky and the BBC, including Match of the Day 2.

What he offers you

Clarke talks about diversity and culture change in a game traditionally associated with macho behaviour. He offers a unique perspective on stories within the sport. He uses his expertise and insight to stimulate, motivate and inspire his audiences.

How he presents

Clarke excels when talking of teamwork, overcoming challenges, winning and motivation. He tailors his talks to the occasion and takes any requirements needed for his clients into careful consideration.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • After Dinner
  • Motivation
  • Host and Awards
  • Sports

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