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Study Support Programme (Playing for Success 1998–2011)

The Playing for Success Programme provided study support for local school children aged 10 – 14. Participants attended weekly after school sessions, taking part in a range of activities designed to raise standards in Numeracy and Literacy, through the use of ICT.

Participants got the chance to use state of the art ICT equipment in a modern classroom environment, and the latest teaching techniques to help them improve their grades and attitude to learning. By working independently and as part of a team, students completed a range of inspirational tasks, many based around football, using the unique setting of the Loftus Road Stadium as an interactive learning resource. A module option system enabled programmes to be personalised to the needs of each school group. Some of the activities on offer included budgeting in the QPR Superstore, performing and analysing fitness tests, creative writing, match reports, researching & creating player profiles, and music making.

Pre and post assessments were used to show the impact of the programme on participants’ academic progress, motivation, and attitude to learning. Each young person completing the programme was asked for their feedback on a range of factors, with the results used to identify strengths and target areas of improvement.

On completion of the programme a selection of young people were given the opportunity to return to the centre as Peer Mentors. Pupils acting as peer mentors are able to develop new skills through offering one-to-one support, help deliver sessions, act as role models, and assist with the organization and running of events. The Peer Mentors were able to accredit their hours by working towards the ASDAN Youth Challenge / Youth Achievement Awards.

During the final week of the programme participants attend a presentation afternoon, giving young people, staff, and parents a chance to celebrate success. Participants are presented with certificates and prizes, and where possible the event is supported by QPR players.

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