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Paralympian visits Sir Herbert Leon Academy

posted 5 Nov 2015, 03:40 by Web Admin   [ updated 5 Nov 2015, 03:46 ]

As part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme, we were fortunate enough to receive a visit from Alistair Patrick-Heselton, a talented and former QPR U17s and U19s footballer. He started the day by presenting his story to all of year 7 and 8, including the ups and down of a being a professional footballer and the life changing car accident, which put him in a coma for three months. After waking up he was told that he would never walk again or play football but after a lot of determination he made an extraordinary recover. Four years later he was approached by the FA and he made his debut scoring for England at the 2011 Cerebral Palsy World Cup against Korea. He went on to be selected for Great Britain’s CP Football team (Cerebral Palsy or brain injury sufferers) in London 2012.

 Alistair then spent the remainder of the day delivering interactive and practical workshops based on Sky Sports Living ‘Six Keys to Success’: Mental toughness, Hunger to achieve, People skills, Sports and life knowledge, Breaking barriers and Planning for success to selected students from the academy.

His work on the day inspired both students and teachers alike and has helped to solidify our group’s plan to deliver coaching sessions to local primary schools – something that they plan to implement in the New Year. Watch this space!