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06-01 Footballer returns to work with our young coaches

An inspiring footballer has paid his second visit to our school.

An inspiring footballer has paid his second visit to our school.

Alistair Patrick-Heselton visited us again at the end of last term as part of his role as an Athlete Mentor for the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.

He gave an assembly and worked with a group of our Year 8, 9 and 10 students to help them become good sports coaches.

CTS PE Teacher Dan Rogers said: “Alistair was brilliant and very inspirational.

 “During his latest visit he did an assembly for the whole school, took part in a question and answer session and worked with our young coaches.

“He was fantastic with the students and they responded very well.”

During his visit Alistair went through Sky Sports Living for Sport keys to success which are mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.

Alistair was highly rated as a young footballer and played for Wycombe Wanderers before he was spotted by QPR where he was involved in the club’s U17, U19 teams and reserves.

He also spent a spell on loan at Oldham Athletic before a cruciate ligament injury halted his progress and saw him pursue a career in Quantity Surveying instead, playing semi-professional for Northwood at the same time.

Further spells at Helmond Sport in Holland and Bishops Stortford followed before another life-defining moment came in 2006 when playing for Wingate & Finchley.

His best friend at the time died in a car crash in which Alistair was a passenger and also suffered terrible injuries.

Following a couple of months in a coma, and being told he may never walk again, he thought his footballing days were over. But four years later he was contacted by The FA and given details of CP football for Cerebral Palsy or brain injury sufferers.

Since then Alistair has played in the CPISRA World Championships for England and in the Paralympics GB team at London 2012.

To see more pictures from his latest visit to our school click here