Corby's Lodge Park Academy hosts GB sports star

Corby’s Lodge Park Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, recently welcomed footballer Alistair Patrick-Heselton to launch the academy’s Active Minds programme, which they are running in conjunction with the Youth Sports Trust.


Alistair spoke to the students about the highs of his career, which has seen him inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, mentored by David Beckham and represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The athlete also spoke of the challenges he faced as a professional footballer after he was involved in a serious car crash and was told that he may never walk again.


The Active Minds programme encourages students to take part in a range of different sessions, and helps them to overcome challenges that they may face during their academic journey.


Alice Smyth, Director of Sport at Lodge Park Academy, said: “It was fantastic to have someone as inspirational as Alistair speak to our students and to launch the Active Minds project. His story had our students gripped and made them realise that they can do whatever they set their minds to.”


All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 were involved in the sessions with Alistair, and were able to find out more about him during a Q&A session. The students also had the opportunity to take photographs with the star and obtain signed autographs.