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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Launch of QPR In The Community Trust...Some Words From Community Trust Chairman Amit Bhatia

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- QPR's Football In The Community Scheme has been re-launched as QPR In the Community Trust, becoming a registered charity.
- The Scheme to date has reached over half a million children across the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Brent, Hillingdon and Westminster since its inception in 1994.
- After 14 years of building bridges, forming bonds and aiding children and young adults, the Scheme has taken the decision to convert to charitable status and become QPR In The Community Trust.
- Trust CEO Andy Evans told www.qpr.co.uk: "This is not just about coaching. This is not just about football. This is about using the power of football to reach children and young people of all backgrounds.
"Social inclusion is a vital ingredient of what has been a successful Scheme, and what will be a successful and dynamic charity.
"Sport motivates, inspires and connects across a wide area of the community to deliver positive outcomes to people's lives.

"The move to Trust allows us to help more people through increased scope, capabilities and funding."
The Scheme's work to date has led to its inclusion in Show Racism the Red Card's Hall of Fame, as well as being Finalists in the Football League's Community Scheme of the Year 2007, winning the Family Excellence Award 2008 and achieving the highest accreditation possible from the Football League for our community work.

Looking ahead, the Trust aims to build on these triumphs by continuing to have a positive influence on thousands of lives, as many as 100,000 every year. Amongst other projects:

- We will continue to target some of the most disadvantaged areas in the country through our Kickz Project, creating stronger communities by developing young people's potential and breaking down social barriers

- We will be offering coaching sessions to youngsters with learning disabilities in Westminster, as well as wheelchair football for all primary, secondary and special educational needs schools in Middlesex

- The QPR Health Advocacy Project is continuing to assist diverse communities in accessing the information and support they need to live healthy lives

- We will be encouraging youngsters with poor punctuality records to attend education through the power of football, with the Inspire Project

- We will be putting on estate-based football coaching sessions in the London borough of Hillingdon, targeting the socially deprived, where there are high levels of crime and anti social behaviour

The QPR Football In The Community Scheme persists in breaking down barriers and improving people's everyday life.

We believe becoming QPR In The Community Trust will help us to continue to achieve and to further these objectives.

To learn more about QPR In The Community Trust, visit www.qprcommunitytrust.co.uk

QPR Charity Launch: Foreword from Chair of Trust Board - Amit Bhatia

- “As vice-chairman of Queen Park Rangers FC and Chairman of QPR in the community I am both honoured and delighted to announce that QPR in the Community has had yet another thriving year providing for young individuals both across London and overseas. Incredibly this has amounted to the scheme reaching some 100,000 young people in the last year; a fantastic accomplishment considering we are not yet a Premiership side. For this exceptional work I would like to convey my sincere thanks to the club’s community team led by Andy Evans. Your work is deeply valued both by staff and supporters but most importantly by those who’s wellbeing has been improved in light of the projects you have implemented."

- "Like any other Ranger’s supporter I am always enthralled by what happens on the pitch, but aside from the beautiful game a great attribute of QPR is its substantial involvement with the local community. As a longstanding establishment which regularly brings local people together in a common interest, the club feels it appropriate to actively assist in the development of West London communities. For sometime now we have successfully utilized our club brand to influence and promote community enhancing projects for the youth, both independently and in conjunction with councils. English football in its origin is a territorial sport with many of our supporters having a connection with the surrounding area, so in this respect by assisting communities we are also giving something back to the supporters. Whilst our forte might be football, QPR in the Community offers a broad spectrum of projects encompassing much more than a simple after school kick about. Indeed using the appeal of football the team has affectively tackled many social issues evident within the young community. One such example is the Inspire Football project. Inspire Football is devised to tackle school related problems like truancy and poor motivation to learn. Our community team challenged this by implementing various motivators to encourage school attendance, this included offering professional football training sessions between 7am-8am before the start of school. Another social project I personally feel strongly about is Goals Project. Aimed towards young adults who are unemployed, the project runs on a 5 week programme and is designed to impart new work skills with the view to ultimately facilitate future employment. More importantly however this scheme intends to raise the self-confidence and esteem of such individuals which is most crucial. I believe projects like Goals will be in need more than ever as we weather an unfavourable economic climate."

- "A key objective of QPR in the Community is to provide for all youngsters which is why we have worked overseas in the past year. In November our community team travelled to Bahrain to establish a professional soccer camp. With facilities for the sport being scarce the children were most appreciative of the team for visiting and providing ,indeed for some, their first proper football training. We intend to regularly get updates on their progress! The team also continues its work with local disabled children. This year saw the launch of The Tiger Club; an organisation intended specifically for children with Downs Syndrome. Tiger Club provides a regular group session for these children where they undertake fun football activities and further develop on their social interaction. "

- "At present QPR in the Community progresses through its 14th year in operation. During this period the range of social subjects addressed by the team has been extensive. From soccer coaching to promoting racial awareness, QPR has endeavoured to provide for local boroughs and overseas. The professionalism applied to the various youth projects has been exceptional, and collectively through such projects QPR has made contact with over half a million children since it launch in 1994. This year will mark an exciting new era for QPR in the Community as it takes on Trust status and I am honoured to take the position of Chair on the board. Becoming a Trust will open up many opportunities for the team where we can further expand on our existing projects, develop new ones and most importantly reach even more children in every coming year."
- Amit Bhatia Vice- Chairman Queen Park Rangers/ Chairman QPR Community QPR in the Community Trust

Mission statement
- To use the power of the football club to forge stronger & deeper connections with its community.

- QPR in the Community focuses on creating progressive, vibrant hubs of sporting & social activities, leading to enhanced life experiences.

Our objectives are:
Maintain QPR Football Club’s reputation as a “true” Community & Family Club

- Use the QPR Football Club brand as a high profile vehicle to tackle social issues that affect youth

- Be innovative and progressive in the sporting community

- Build a national & international community sport profile • QPR in the Community to achieve Trust, Foundation and Charity Status

- Provide inspiration, encouragement, excitement and guidance to young people leading to enhanced health, education and career opportunities

- To be a “best practice model” and leader in the field of community development
Be a community partner with local authority to develop premier community facilities • Ensure clear pathways to excellence for local talentedfootballers

- Our Aims

- To use the power of the football club to forge stronger & deeper connections with its community. QPR in the Community focuses on creating progressive, vibrant hubs of sporting & social activities, leading to enhanced life experiences. QPR in the Community aim to build the supporter base by engaging with 100,000 young people per year, therefore increasing the clubs geographical footprint. - Mission Statement

The Team

Meet Our Team

Dave Robinson

Dave is responsible for co-ordinating all football activities in the borough of Brent.
The initiatives he heads range from Breakfast Clubs, Kick into Reading and Kick Racism out of football, to Kickz, Life and Groundwork.
Overseas, he has been involved in Coaching for Hope and the Club’s ongoing FITC partnership with Gulf Air in Bahrain.
He also manages the Imperial College Men’s side at the R’s training base at Harlington, whilst also coaches the QPR Girls U18 side. Finally, he co-ordinates the Football Aid program here at Loftus Road.

Ricky Pattenden Multi-sports Co-ordinator
Ricky is the multi sports co-ordinator, and manages all sports over the 6 London boroughs we work in. We target schools, youth clubs, Professional clubs and local sports groups to deliver coaching sessions and organise tournaments for their chosen sport. We have the ability to coach sports such as Cricket, Tag Rugby, Basketball plus many more and recreational activities such as Dance.
I am also the coach for the Under 11s side at our Centre of Excellence.

Daniel Edwards
Daniel Edwards is QPR’s Football Development Officer for Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea & Ealing.
He’s been at Queens Park Rangers Football Club for 7 years starting off as a YTS, then after finishing his apprenticeship, became a Football Development Officer. His role is to coordinate the football activity in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Ealing.
He is also assistant manager for the Under 9’s team at QPR’s Centre of Excellence.

Steve Quashie Football Development Officer Hillingdon
Role & Community Partners: Co-ordinate all of the curriculum and extracurricular activities in the London Borough of Hillingdon. I work with the local council, PE advisors, metropolitan police and local community groups. My working duties also include; teaching FA and coach education courses to adult learners, facilitating child welfare training for club employees, head coach for QPR Girls FC underage teams.

Anthony Hennelly Football Development Officer for Westminster
I started working for Queens Park Rangers in 2003 working in schools across all the areas we work in before earning the position of co-ordinating all of our community activities in the City of Westminster. As well as my full-time role and obligations to my area I have also coached at the Centre of Excellence and I am currently Queens Park Rangers girls U11’s manager.

Amy Murphy Women’s and Girls Development Officer
Been at the club for 4 years, my role is to co-ordinate and deliver women’s and girls football and sports activities across five London boroughs, Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, Brent, Hillingdon and Kensington & Chelsea. I also currently play right midfield for the 1st team of Queens Park Rangers Ladies FC.

Martino Chevannes Community Trust Manager
Been at the club 9 years, my role involves assisting Andy Evans with the strategy and direction of the trust, general football development and overseeing the current staff in the delivery of their various projects and programmes of work. Away from the trust I am also the 1st team manager of Queens Park Rangers Ladies FC.

Anthony Doherty - Football Development Officer For people with Disabilities
His role centres on the concept of providing football opportunities for people with Disabilities. Anthony’s work involves forming partnerships with the various Organisations and Charities aimed at people with disabilities, including working with key partners like the London Sports Forum and The Football Association.
He is also the co-ordinator for the QPR Tiger Cubs football side, a team solely for the purpose of young people with Down’s Syndrome.
QPR Community Trust Team

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