Tuesday 05 February 2013
Queens Park Rangers' work in their local community of West London has been recognised with an award.
The Phoenix Canberra Schools Federation 2012 Community Partner Award was awarded to QPR in the Community Trust for its work over the past 12 months, including QPR Health Stars and the Trust's award-winning White City Rangers project.
Over the past five years the trust has worked with the schools to empower young students through a variety of education, health and lifestyle-based activities.
"QPR in the Community Trust and Phoenix School have been on an incredible journey of growth"
The White City Rangers project, which started in 2011, is a multi-sport social inclusion program targeted at young people aged between 12-19 in the White City area, close to the club’s Loftus Road stadium.
In September, QPR Health Stars was launched with the help of funds from the Premier League Charitable Fund and the Professional Footballers' Association. The six-week programme provides primary school children with physical activity, nutrition and healthy lifestyle education.
Other programmes delivered by the trust include cooking workshops during the school holidays for schoolchildren with the support of the QPR Health Team and Community Nutritionist, while QPR and the Phoenix Transition Programme gave students their own version of pre-season training during the holidays with activities to prepare them for secondary school.
Last year, Phoenix School also hosted educational workshops on sexual health, gang culture, drugs and alcohol to make young people aware of the dangers they may face. Some sessions are delivered at the QPR study centre, a purpose-built classroom within Loftus Road.
"In recent years both QPR in the Community Trust and Phoenix School have been on an incredible journey of growth," Andy Evans, chief executive of QPR in the Community Trust, told the club's website. "Sir William Atkinson [Executive Headteacher] and his outstanding staff have transformed the school into a beacon of learning.
"In addition, they take their role in the community very seriously and have partnered with us on a number of projects. Together we will continue to work together to ensure young people reach their full potential."
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