Registered Charity no. 1127806
QPR IN THE COMMUNITY TRUST deliver a wide range of youth engagement projects targeting hard to reach people, groups who are discriminated against and people with disabilities.
Working alongside key partners to ensure services are coordinated, the Trust operates in areas of high deprivation, supporting local community groups and local schools to ensure everyone has the opportunity to get involved in sport.
To keep R’s fans updated, here’s a brief overview of what the Inclusion & Diversity team are currently up to …
Following the triumph of Moving the Goalposts, which recently came to an end after successfully developing opportunities for the Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities to access high quality football and sport in west London, the award-winning White City Rangers project leads the way at the forefront of the Trust’s social inclusion work.
Now entering its third year thanks to funding from Hammersmith & Fulham council, the multi-sport program brings together an ever-growing number of young people aged 12-19 in the White City area every Friday night to help develop their potential.
Football sessions alone attract over 60 participants, delivered locally by coaches at Phoenix High School and the astro-turf which some R’s fans may recognise from walking along South Africa Road.
Football isn’t to everybody’s taste though, so an ever-increasing range of alternative activities are also on offer to engage youngsters including badminton, cricket and street dance.
The latest sport to be delivered, basketball, has seen the formation of Westside Rangers who, through their inclusion into the Under-15 Division 1 South league, benefit from weekly competitive action with games as far afield as Brighton and Worthing.
Run every Friday from 5.30pm-8.30pm, the project is managed by Gareth Dixon, the Trust’s Inclusion and Diversity Officer, who recently gave up his Christmas with the charity Crisis to help homeless people over the festive period.
Delivered in partnership with local authorities, White City Rangers provides educational workshops from sexual health to drugs education as part of the sessions.
The social inclusion team has also forged strong links in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, delivering football sessions on Monday and Friday nights for participants of Golbourne Youth Centre in West Kensington.
Their success has also reaped the rewards of a Young Health Ambassador, Ben Phillips, who has proved a welcome addition to the Trust’s offices on secondment since September. Ben brings a wealth of health expertise and enthusiasm, working with the Trust three days per week.
The Trust continues to grow its Kickz project, further helping to engage young people, creating routes into education, training and employment through the power of football. While other clubs have struggled to survive, QPR has been successful in attracting funding. Operating in two different boroughs, Kickz delivers three projects in west London in Wembley, Harlesden and Hayes.
These projects target young people living in areas of high deprivation, all geared towards diverting young people away from engaging in or becoming victims of crime and antisocial behaviour.
The Trust also continue to run a hugely successful disability program. Delivering football to people with Down’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, deaf and mental health illness, they ensure everyone has the opportunity to access football, despite of a disability.
The R’s Tiger Cubs, a fully inclusive football club for children with Down’s Syndrome, remains a standout example. Backed by the support of Trustee Amit Bhatia’s Global Relief Initiative charity, weekly coaching sessions in clubs in Brent, Hillingdon and Hammersmith and Fulham means more people than ever with Down’s Syndrome can access sport.
The Sparks Project sees coaching sessions operate in seven special needs schools including Jack Tizard on the doorstep of Loftus Road.
Elsewhere you’ll find an after school club at Hammersmith and Fulham Action Against Disability (HAFAD), a pan-disability team (Special Olympics) and autism sessions with parents’ group SUPA.
Sports Squared takes place every Friday, offering local children and young adults the opportunity to get involved in sport in their area. Using the sports facilities at Sion-Manning School and St Charles VIth Form College, the club offers basketball, dance, fitness, football and trampolining amongst its activities.
Looking ahead, the Trust will also be working closely with the Hammersmith and Fulham disability team for the 2013 London Youth Games.
Visit www.qprcommunitytrust.co.uk for more information on QPR in the Community Trust’s social inclusion and disability work.