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Make Every Player Count

The New Football Pools presented QPR in the Community Trust with £60,000 at the home game vs. Nottingham Forest on Saturday 22nd August 2009 as the club announced an exciting new scheme that will grow disability football provision across the region.

Every Player Counts, a leading project of The Football League Trust and supported by The New Football Pools, will see QPR in the Community Trust deliver a three-year, PAN-Disability scheme that will develop football opportunities for people with all types of disability in the area.

The key aims of the scheme will be to develop new impairment specific sessions leading to the development of new teams, focusing on increasing participation amongst Down’s Syndrome, Mental Health, Cerebral Palsy and Hearing impaired groups. A Down’s Syndrome specific scheme for adults will be developed which will work towards up-skilling participants and signposting them to employment. Cerebral Palsy feeder teams will be created for regional and national leagues and more training for coaches will be provided to help identify all disabled participants and get them involved.

QPR in the community Trust is one of 36 Football League Community Schemes to deliver Every Player Counts, the first National PAN-Disability programme, this season. The New Football Pools has developed a longstanding relationship with football and the community during its 86 years history. Jon Sheehy, Marketing Director of The New Football Pools said: “We are fortunate to be in the unique position of supporting the nation’s biggest sport through our Pools products. In fact, the company has invested over £1.1billion into football and other good causes throughout its history, with £530 million going specifically into British Football. Whilst in the past we have invested in infrastructure and bricks and mortar, now we are heavily focused on community programmes and the many social aspects in and around football.

”We are delighted to build on this legacy and support QPR in the Community Trust in this fantastic new initiative – Every Player Counts, ensuring The New Football Pools is even closer to the game that we have supported over the decades.”

QPR in the Community Trust “The essence of this project is to provide people with Disabilities the same benefits of being on a team as their able-bodied peers. Through football, this project aims to create a multi-tier learning environment that will improve the participants overall physical, social and emotional health. We aim to build and create innovative partnerships groups that provide a whole new impetus around disability sport.

I would like to thank the Football League Trust and The New Football Pools in allowing this to happen”

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