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Hodges is assessing the set-up at Rangers following his recent appointment as head of coaching.
And he says securing the use of the Park Club on East Acton Lane for the club’s youth teams – who previously trained at Harlington along with the first team – could turn out to be a watershed moment.
“It’s a massive step. For starters, there’s an indoor area that means on the dark winter nights we can get the boys in there when otherwise they wouldn’t be able to train,” he said.
“There are great facilities there. There’s an astroturf pitch and everything else to give the boys what they need.
“It ticks all the boxes and it’s exciting that things are now in place to take the club forward.”
YOUNGSTERS are being invited to show off their soccer skills this summer with the help of top coaches from a Premier League club.
The West Euston Partnership have teamed up with Queens Park Rangers to host daily sessions at the Cumberland Market Sports Pitch in Regent's Park Estate.
The soccer school will give boys and girls the chance to sharpen their skills and practise their passing before taking part in a series of competitive matches.
Anyone interested should email Tony Louki on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Camden New Journal
MISSING out on the dressing room banter is the biggest difference between playing and coaching that Gareth Ainsworth has noticed.
He says his team mates have made his transition from player to staff less painful than it could have been after being made player-coach at Adams Park.
Previous experience in the dugout at QPR gave Ainsworth the management bug but he admits his relationship with some of the players at Loftus Road suffered as a result.
The 39-year-old said: "At QPR when I was a player and I went on to manage it was really difficult. One day you're a team mate of the lads, the next day you're telling them what to do.
"I'm missing out on most of the banter because I'm upstairs in my office doing some session plans with Richard Dobson."
But life as player-coach with Blues is a different prospect, he says.
Ainsworth said: "I'm always going to be Gaz to the lads. They'll always respect me for what I've done throughout my career and how I play. They're a great set of lads and they've made it easy for me.
"I've been taking sessions as well as joining in. The gaffer's trusted me with coaching the first team. We all do it together, we try to keep it structured and work on a specific topic if we need to.
"It's a good learning curve for me and I've got two great people to learn off."
Ainsworth has never hidden his desire to get into management but said: "At the moment being a coach under Gary Waddock and Richard Dobson is more than enough for me. I'm learning plenty and I'd be stupid to think I could go straight in and become manager of a Premier League side like QPR. You start small and hopefully get there in the end.
"I'm really happy at Wycombe, it's a great club and it's where I want to be."
Adjusting to the longer days as a coach is another big difference he's noticed since changing roles.
He was in the dugout for Wanderers' friendly at Luton on Wednesday night, having put the non-playing members of the squad through their paces on the training ground in the morning.
Ainsworth said: "You don't realise as a player how easy it is and how well you're looked after. It's not easy as a coach. You're well looked after as a player but you can't go on forever as a player. I do want to be a coach and also a manager one day. This is my first step." Bucks Free Press
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