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Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers will hold talks this week regarding the potentially explosive pre-match handshake ahead of Sunday's clash.
The Premier League encounter will resurrect the long-standing race row between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry.
Terry is due to appear in court on July 9 to face criminal charges over allegations he racial abused Ferdinand during the clash between the two clubs on October 23.
Sportsmail revealed on Thursday how QPR players would hold a team-meeting ahead of making a collective decision on whether to shake Terry's hand this weekend.
In training: Terry will appear in court in July
In training: Terry will appear in court on July 9
And both clubs will also discuss the matter after tonight's crucial Champions League semi-final showdown in Barcelona.
The west London rivals could ask the Premier League to scrap the handshake altogether but as it stands the top-flight officials are adamant it will go ahead.
Ferdinand is seeking advice from his legal team regarding how his decision regarding whether to shake Terry's hand could prejudice his case Daily Mail
Chelsea's John Terry and QPR's Anton Ferdinand face handshake dilemma
• Premier League refuse to cancel pre-match handshakes
• Terry alleged to have insulted Ferdinand using racist language
John Terry and Anton Ferdinand face an awkward meeting on Sunday after it emerged that the Premier League has no intention of scrapping the pre-match handshakes between the Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers players at Stamford Bridge.
Terry is alleged to have insulted Ferdinand using racist language during the league fixture at Loftus Road in October. Terry, the Chelsea captain, was charged with a "racially aggravated public order offence" and he will defend himself at Westminster magistrates' court on 9 July. He was also stripped of the England captaincy by the Football Association on 3 February after the adjournment of his trial until after the Euro 2012 finals, a decision that led Fabio Capello to quit as the manager.
When Chelsea played Ferdinand's QPR in the FA Cup fourth round on 28 January at Loftus Road, the FA cancelled the handshakes between the teams in an attempt to "defuse further tensions" but the Premier League, it is understood, plan to follow a different course.
The League have discussed the matter and, although they recognise the sensitivity of the situation, they have concluded that it would be wrong to remove the entire pre-match process, which is designed to promote collective respect. They will leave it to Terry and Ferdinand to decide whether to shake hands, with the expectation being that they will not.
Ferdinand's team-mates are also considering whether to snub Terry, if he plays, in what will be a high-stakes match. Chelsea need the points to fire their top-four hopes; Rangers need them for their fight against relegation.
The situation is shaping up as a rerun of the Terry-Wayne Bridge controversy from February 2010, when all eyes were on the pre-match handshake between the pair, when Chelsea played Bridge's Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. It was the first time that the players had met since it was alleged that Terry had had a relationship with the mother of Bridge's son. Bridge did not shake Terry's hand. Guardian
"Robin Clarke from Queens Park Rangers Kickz took home 'Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
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QPR rewarded for outstanding work in the community at prestigious national football awards 23/04/2012
Queens Park Rangers took home the honours at the fourth national Kickz Awards held at the Ethiad Stadium, home of Manchester City last Friday (13 April). The Kickz Awards showcase the most inspiring young individuals who have made a difference to their community as part of the Kickz programme.
Kickz uses the power of football to build safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young people’s potential. A variety of activities, including football, other sports, music, arts and developmental workshops on issues ranging from healthy lifestyles to the dangers of carrying weapons are delivered three nights a week, all year round to over 57,000 registered participants aged 12-18 living in tough areas, with high rates of anti-social behaviour.
Robin Clarke won the Outstanding Volunteer of the year award in recognition of their hard work at the Queens Park Rangers Wembley Kickz project.
Wolves took home the prestigious ‘Outstanding Kickz Club of the Year Award’ whilst Robin Clarke from Queens Park Rangers Kickz took home 'Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.' Winners came from all across England, including Liverpool, Reading, Birmingham, and London.
Manchester City ambassador and former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, Bolton Wanderers midfielder and American international Stuart Holden, the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove and Premier League General Secretary Nic Coward were at the awards alongside other key figures from the world of football. Presented by Sky Sports’s Ben Shephard, the awards featured some truly inspirational stories of teenagers, professional football club coaches, police and local authority staff that make their communities safer and to help transform young peoples’ lives.
Back in 2006 Kickz started as three pilot projects in London with the Premier League partnering with the Metropolitan Police to use football as a way to engage young people who may otherwise be difficult to reach and guide them to a range of healthy and constructive activities.
Five years on there are now 43 professional football clubs from the Premier League and Football League delivering over 100 projects in partnership with the Police and local authorities across the country, with projects contributing to drops in anti-social behaviour of up to 60%.
The awards, organised by the Football Foundation, Metropolitan Police and Premier League, also recognised the strong national and local partnerships that lie behind Kickz.
Manchester City ambassador Patrick Vieira said: "Schemes like this are fantastic because as a football club we have a responsibility to try to help the kids around the local community to achieve their dreams. I am sure some of them will want to play for their football clubs, some of them will have dreams and may not have the tools to achieve them. Every kid, all around the world is playing football and as the number one sport in the world we have a duty to give back to society."
Superintendent Stuart Dark, Chair of the national Kickz steering group said: "The work Kickz does is absolutely fantastic. From a policing point of view we know that it is working in our most challenged areas with our children and young people that are most likely to become the victims or involved in criminality or youth violence. So for us to actually give them a better outcome and better opportunity, it’s fantastic.
"After every Awards ceremony you realise how important it is that the kids see these schemes as their own. It all helps young people feel part of the wider community. I'm not surprised with the impact it has had because I have seen the effort and the commitment of the individuals on the ground that are delivering it."
Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove said: "The Kickz project has had a phenomenal impact on communities right across the country. Today's awards are an opportunity to recognise the enormous amount of hard work that goes into making Kickz the success it is: week-in, week-out, all year round.
"What I think is particularly pleasing is how Kickz perfectly demonstrates just how much young people have to offer when given the right opportunity. Credit must go to the Premier League, the clubs and police forces involved for the way in which they have created a programme that makes such a positive contribution in parts of the country that need it most."
Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive, Premier League said:
“Kickz has made remarkable progress with an impact that is unrivalled. The Kickz Awards are all about the young people, volunteers, partners and staff involved with the programme and their achievements and positive commitment - it was an incredibly difficult job to choose winners in what was our best ever year for entries.
“I would like to personally thank all 43 professional football clubs and the national network of over 650 local partners for their ongoing support so far with Kickz and look forward to it progressing through 2012 and beyond with the continued support from the Metropolitan Police and the Premier League.”
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About Premier League Creating Chances
Premier League 4 Sport forms a major strand of the Premier League’s Creating Chances programme, which uses the power of football to make a positive difference and empower Premier League clubs to create opportunities at the heart of their communities. The Premier League has invested over £111m into Creating Chances initiatives over the last three years and the work has directly benefited 14 million people.
Description of the Kickz programme
Kickz, created by the Metropolitan Police and the Premier League, is managed nationally by the Active Communities Network and delivered by 43 Premier League and Football League clubs’ community teams across the country, working in partnership with 19 local police forces and over 650 local partners.
It offers young people in the most deprived areas of England the chance to participate in sports and other activities three nights a week, 48 weeks of the year. Educational sessions are also offered to young people about issues such as healthy lifestyles and the dangers of drug use and carrying weapons.
A three year investment package from the Metropolitan Police and the Premier League until September 2013 was announced in September 2010.
Key Kickz results:
Approximately 57,000 young people have engaged at over 100 projects
115,287 personal outcomes and qualifications have been achieved to date, including 7,500 qualifications
Over 5,000 young people have volunteered at projects, taking advantage of over 73,942 separate volunteering opportunities
Over 400 young people have gone on to gain employment within one of the 43 club community schemes, acting as positive role models for peers within their community
Reductions in anti-social behaviour of up to 60% have been reported, along with crime decreases of up to 28% in criminal damage and 19% in violence against the person
-90,803 sessions have been delivered with aggregate contact hours of 4,263,150
A consistent message from participants is that Kickz is improving the feeling of safety and community spirit, primarily as a result of improved relationships between young people and provision of positive activities
Previous winner of the prestigious national Sport Industry Award for Best Community Programme and has been cited by the Audit Commission as a mode of Best Practice for its monitoring and evaluation
For further information on Kickz and to download and read the full Kickz Progress Report visitwww.activecommunities.org.uk/kickz or http://www.premierleague.com/page/Kickz .