Alistair Patrick-Heselton

Alistair was chosen to be inducted in the National Football Museum Hall of Fame in 2017, where he received the Football For All Award. He has also worked with the P.F.A and Premier League to educate young players on the importance of well-being, fulfilling potential and no matter how bad things can be the door to sport, football and Life is not always closed. Alistair often speaks on resilience and the use of effective goal setting to assist with the process.

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Alistair helped in making an impact to young people’s lives and raising aspirations whilst working on the Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing his secret of what it takes to be the best you can!

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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This also put a stop to his Quantity Surveying degree and having always liked cars and styling them he changed career, and acquired a Totally Dynamic Franchise. Having not played football for 4 years he was contacted by the F.A about disability football but specifically CP football (for cerebral palsy or brain injury sufferers). He had always kept myself fit and so reluctantly started playing again.

Since then Alistair has played in the CPISRA World Championships for England and represented Paralympics GB at London 2012,  contributing with 3 assists and scoring in the play-off game against Argentina.

Alistair is passionate about sharing his experiences with young footballers needing guidance after rejection and helping them to succeed in any path they may choose by educating them with life skills. As an Athlete Mentor for the Youth Sport Trust he is also keen to support all!

Alistair often speaks on resilience and the use of effective goal setting to assist with the process.

Competitive Record

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2012 GB Paralympics 7-a-side squad
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2012 BT Paralympic World Cup Silver
3
2011 CPISRA World Championships (debut)
4
2011 Captain of region CP side (West Mids)
5
QPR U17s 18 goals in 25 matches, U19s 9 in 22 matches Reserves 3 in 4 Oldham Athletic U19s 3 in 3 Reserves 4 in 6. England: 2 goals from 2 starts (4 appearances)GBR: 2 starts (4 appearances)
1
2012 GB Paralympics 7-a-side squad
2
2012 BT Paralympic World Cup Silver
3
2011 CPISRA World Championships (debut)
4
2011 Captain of region CP side (West Mids)
5
QPR U17s 18 goals in 25 matches, U19s 9 in 22 matches Reserves 3 in 4 Oldham Athletic U19s 3 in 3 Reserves 4 in 6. England: 2 goals from 2 starts (4 appearances)GBR: 2 starts (4 appearances)

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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