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QPR HOST FOOTBALL & SOCIAL CHANGE CONFERENCE 18/02/2015

QPR in the Community Trust share good practice with partners at Loftus Road

LOFTUS Road celebrated the power of the beautiful game on Monday as QPR in the Community Trust hosted its first ever Football & Social Change conference.

Hosted by Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend, the day welcomed a wide range of organisations and counterparts from across the sport to share best practice from inspiring change in society. Organisations such as Street Soccer were represented, while the Trust’s counterparts at Arsenal, Aston Villa, Everton, Nottingham Forest and Sunderland were amongst those present.

The day was delivered by the Trust alongside partners Sport and Thought, who work with hard-to-reach adolescents experiencing both emotional and behavioural difficulties deemed to be high risk of permanent school exclusion.

Daniel Smyth, founder of Sport and Thought, was one of several speakers during the day including Trust CEO Andy Evans and told www.qpr.co.uk: “For the club to put this event on is a massive step forward. It’s bringing people together but also taking what we’re involved in further.”

Talking of their work with the Trust, he added: “The club have been incredibly supportive. I don’t think anybody else is delivering anything like what we’re delivering with the club.

“Either directly or indirectly, every project we’re running is linked to the club which is absolutely superb. It’s gone from strength to strength.”

Gareth Dixon, Community Development Manager at QPR in the Community Trust, organised the event and was ‘proud’ to see the football community coming together.

“It’s great to see other clubs coming down and scribbling down ideas of good practice,” he added. “That’s what the day’s all about.

“We know what we’re doing is working; we’re at the point now where we want to take it to the next level. We want to improve what we’re doing on a long-term basis – improving the return of investment, improving the impact we’re making.  We need to really get out there and show what we can do and this is a great opportunity to do that.  We’re very proud to be at the forefront of things.”

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