Alistair Patrick-Heselton

Former footballer who went on to represent Team GB at the Paralympic Games and was inducted into the 2017 National Football Museum Hall of Fame . Alistair often speaks on resilience and the use of effective goal setting to assist with the process.



Alistair played for Wycombe Wanderers FC as a schoolboy and was then approached and signed by QPR – he played in the youth and reserves from the age of 17.

During his time there he had a loan spell with Oldham Athletic scoring freely in the U19s.

He suffered a torn cruciate ligament which halted his progress and after an 11 month recovery he never regained his normal self and decided to pursue a career in Quantity Surveying whilst playing semi professionally with Northwood F.C in the Ryman Premier Division.

He was then offered the opportunity to play professional football again with the Dutch 1st Division side Helmond Sport.

He returned home and played in the Nationwide Conference South with Bishops Stortford. After playing for a few semi professional sides his career was supposedly ended in 2006 while playing at Wingate and Finchley, following a car crash in which his best friend died.

Alistair was in a coma for 2 months and was told he may not walk again so he thought he would never play football again.


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Having Alistair involved in our day made a real difference to all those taking part. He was fantastic at engaging with the young people and the messages he gave them about working hard to overcome barriers was really inspiring.

Paul Taylor, Leicestershire and Rutland School Games

The participants thoroughly enjoyed having Alistair be involved in their County Final, and that he interacted so well with the children was great! He spoke to them on a level that they understood and gave them advice to take away."

Alex Bond, Norfolk School Games


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