QPR In The Community Trust - Inspiring Change


Chairman's Note

“As Chairman of QPR in the Community Trust and vice-chairman of Queen Park Rangers FC I am both honoured and delighted to announce that QPR in the Community has had yet another thriving year providing for communities across London. 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. 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 Trust 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 community”

"The development of the Trust since becoming a Registered Charity has led to more diverse and life changing projects.  The Extra Time project has had some fantastic outcomes – the project is now in its second year and has over 60 members.  This project aimed at local residents aged 60+ has increased physical activity levels, increased socialisation and provided a fun relaxed environment where many friendships have formed.  Another project I would like to mention who has grown from strength to strength is the QPR Tiger Cubs, a team for children and young people with Downs Syndrome.  Through Global Relief Initiative we have provided support for this project which has also lead to further funding from Sportsmatch – this will increase the positive impact of this fantastic project to children in 3 other London boroughs as well as starting a project for adults with Downs Syndrome.  The work of the Trust is increasingly relevant and has a positive impact on the community as a whole; teenage projects which encourage young people back into education, employment or training; workshops around personal safety; employability projects for the long term unemployed; study support sessions to improve ICT, literacy and numeracy – these are just some of the ways the Trust is tackling important issues in communities today"

"At present QPR in the Community progresses through its 17th 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 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 after QPR’s promotion to the Premier League and it is an honour to be Chair on the board."

Amit Bhatia

Vice- Chairman Queen Park Rangers/ Chairman QPR Community

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