Inspiring Others and Changing Lives
Alistair is the Ambassador for the Durham F.A and the Every Player Counts campaign which encourages all disabilities into team building and football. 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 and football is not always closed. Alistair shares 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 Dame Kelly Holmes Trust he is also keen to support people recovering from head trauma, helping them regain there lives!
"Alistair was a great speaker and really inspired the students. He had a great speech and presentation pre planned." Alicia Currie, Farnborough College of Technology
"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
"APH was excellent. His enthusiasm and passion for sport is infectious and he generated a real buzz at the event." Ryan Armes, Birmingham 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
Alistair played for Wycombe Wanderers FC as a schoolboy and was then approached and signed by QP - 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 ihs 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.
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 Cerabal Palsey 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 ParalympicsGB at London 2012, contributing with 3 assists and scoring in the play-off game against Argentina.
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!
2012 GB Paralympics 7-a-side squad
2012 BT Paralympic World Cup Silver
2011 CPISRA World Championships (debut)
2011 Captain of region CP side (West Mids)
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)
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