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QPR in the Community Trust hosts fourth annual QPR Schools League Finals at Harlington

THE fourth annual QPR Schools League Finals came to Harlington in June with over 300 local students battling it out for silverware at QPR’s training ground.
While the Loftus Road pitch continues its preparations ahead of the R’s return to the Premier League, this year’s finals were held at Harlington, where 12 matches over two days gave the youngsters the chance to showcase their skills in front of Academy coaches and scouts.
The 500 or so spectators weren’t disappointed, either, during a weekend which saw over 35 goals scored and no fewer than five matches decided by virtue of a nail-biting penalty shootout.
“It’s great to see the students who have worked so hard to reach the finals throughout the season finally rewarded with a day out at the First Team training ground,” Alfie Ferguson, Schools Officer and League Manager, told www.qpr.co.uk.
“To have the opportunity to showcase their talent on the same pitches that some of their heroes grace on a daily basis is an experience some will only ever dream of and on that should stand them in good stead if they go on to play at a higher level.
“I would like to thank all the players, teachers, coaches and spectators for helping make the two days so successful and creating such a positive atmosphere throughout.”
Hurlingham & Chelsea’s PE teacher, Tom Pudney, added: “We were extremely impressed and grateful to those at QPR who not only put on a really well organised day, but a competitive season for our teams.
“It was a great experience for the children, teachers and spectators, and despite only winning one of our three games this kind of event really lifts our school and sends a great communal ethos through the corridors!”
The weekend of the finals also saw the untimely death of 15 year-old Rio Andrews, who was part of the Holland Park Year 10 team 
that reached the plate final in this year’s QPR Schools League.
Rio’s coach, Luke Fuller, paid tribute to the promising sports star. “Rio was an exceptionally talented all-round athlete,” he said. “He was a keen footballer and key to the schools success in reaching the plate final playing in his central midfield position. He was also very talented at athletics and, in particular, Shot Putt as well as Table Tennis.
“Rio was also a very able scholar, destined for academic success and due to be awarded the prestigious school sports award ‘Sportsman of the Year’.
“Rio showed tremendous effort, courage and determination to succeed in all aspects of sports and his indomitable spirit will be severely missed by students and staff at the school. The school wishes to send its collective sympathies and respect to all of Rio’s family and friends.”

Queens Park Rangers Football Club would like to send our respects and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Rio Andrews.


QPR Schools League Finals 2014: Results

U13 Girls Championship

Burlington Danes 0-1 Chelsea Academy

U15 Girls Championship

Hurlingham & Chelsea 0-2 Hammersmith Academy

Year 7 Plate

St Thomas Moore 3-5 Chelsea Academy

Year 7 Championship

Hammersmith Academy 1-0 Hurlingham & Chelsea

Year 8 Plate

Hammersmith Academy 2-2 Fulham College (7-8 on pens)

Year 8 Championship

Chelsea Academy 1-2 Phoenix High

Year 9 Plate

Hammersmith Academy 1-1 Hurlingham & Chelsea (1-3 on pens)

Year 9 Championship

Chelsea Academy 0-0 Phoenix High (1-3 on pens)

Year 10 Plate

Holland Park 2-2 Burlington Danes (3-1 on pens)

Year 10 Championship

Chelsea Academy 1-3 Phoenix High

U18s Plate

Burlington Danes 1-1 Cardinal Vaughan Reserves (5-4 on pens)

U18s Championship

Cardinal Vaughan 3-1 QPR College Academy





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