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QPR Schools League in partnership with Better

The QPR Schools League was set up in September 2010 by David Shaw of the Chelsea Academy School and QPR's very own Danny Edwards.

The League is run for secondary school football teams from Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham. It is the first time a league has been set up for West London secondary schools and there are more than 500 boys participating throughout the season.

QPR provide qualified referees for all the fixtures on the full-size 3G and Astroturf pitches.

The first year (2010/11) was for year seven and eight pupils with matches taking place every Thursday afternoon. Now in its second year, it has year seven, eight and nine students with a second matchday on a Monday, in addition to Thursday.

Next season there will year seven, eight, nine and ten pupils, in addition to sixth form students.

The League is now in partnership with Better – more than just another leisure company.

They're a charitable social enterprise that exists for the benefit of everyone. Better provide quality leisure and fitness facilities at affordable prices in partnership with local authorities, and reinvest profits to ensure their customers feel the long-term benefits.

Amelia Hooley, Community Development Officer for Better, said: "Better promotes existing opportunities and the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle by working in partnership with a range of internal and external organisations to enable and deliver sport and physical activity opportunities to local people.

"We are looking forward to working with QPR in the Community Trust and are sponsoring the Schools League to encourage more youngsters to champion these healthier lifestyles whilst enjoying competing against their friends in a number of football games."

Once the regular league is concluded, the top four teams go into a play-off to battle for a place in the Championship Final, while the bottom four go into a play-off for the Plate Final – both of which take place at QPR's Harlington training ground.

2010/11 Champions: Year 8: St. Thomas More, Runners-Up: Chelsea Academy.

Year 7: Phoenix High School, Runners-Up: Cardinal Vaughan.

Plate winners: Year 8: Hurlingham and Chelsea, Runners-Up: Henry Compton.

Year 7: St. Thomas More, Runners-Up: Chelsea Academy.

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