Patrick Foster was born in Nairobi, Kenya and was raised in a small town in the middle of the stunning Rift Valley called Gilgil. His parents ran the ‘powerhouse’ of prep schools in East Africa, Pembroke House, where he was raised with his older sister and younger brother before they relocated to the UK when Patrick was 6.
When Patrick started school he discovered his passion for sport and adopted a mature and hard-working approach to sport and his academic studies.
Having navigated the challenges of prep school and after being awarded a top all-round scholarship to a famous school in Northamptonshire, Patrick spent the next 5 years, both happy and challenged in a high-flying environment. During this time it was quickly apparent that Patrick’s most significant talent was on the sports field, particularly on the cricket pitch.
At 18 Patrick signed a professional contract with Northamptonshire CCC where he would spend the next 3 years rubbing shoulders with and testing himself against some of England’s current elite. Having spent a year out focusing solely on his desire to play professional sport, Patrick then played cricket alongside a Social Sciences degree at Durham University.
As the realisation that his hopes of extending his career dwindled, Patrick’s social life begin to soar and he had a memorable three years in which he captained the MCCU 1st XI and graduated with a 2:1.
Now that the dream of playing cricket for the rest of his life was over, Patrick turned his attention to a new venture and the bright lights of the city of London. Patrick spent the following 2 years in the infamous rat race working in Insurance, as a broker.
Patrick decided having initially fought it to follow the rest of his family into the world of education, where he taught at 2 of the country’s most well renowned schools as a History, Latin and French teacher. Patrick combined his academic teaching with various significant pastoral roles and a role as Head of Cricket.
Patrick’s life today is manageable, productive and happy as a direct result of the many routes taken to recover from a severe addiction to gambling.
Patrick has finally gained some insight into the nature of the condition that was keeping him so unsettled for such a long time, and the impact it has had on his life and that of his family.
Patrick really wants to share his journey with young people and their parents and is excited at the prospect of what lies ahead. He is grateful for the opportunity to discuss and share some of the problems and the isolation that can occur with gambling addiction, and many other manifestations of addictions. This is why he believes it is important to share his insight, as this can provide the identification needed in order to change and inspire people to have the courage and confidence to reach out for help.
Patrick would like to use all of his experiences, in education, as well as his personal experience, including his time as a professional sportsman to inspire and support others.