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Ball Inspires the Academy

AFTER recently completing a degree in Business Studies at the Open University, QPR midfielder Dominic Ball was at Heston giving a speech to our Academy players last week about what it’s like to balance professional football and education.

25-year-old Ball, who has racked up 41 appearances for the R’s throughout this season has been able to secure his BA honours degree, whilst playing professional football for Mark Warburton’s side, a fete many would be proud of.

Ball was then on hand to give an insight into the importance of continuing his education whilst concentrating on his footballing career, something that will only stand him better stead outside the world of football.

Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk about the talk, the R’s midfielder was keen to praise the event, by saying: “It was great to give a talk to the Academy and give an insight to how I have balanced my footballing career and my education.

“Having something like a degree will put you in good stead for the future and that is so important and that's the point that I wanted to get across to the lads, I am sure they will all have bright futures ahead of them.”

Head of QPR’s Academy Education, Stephen Quinn was then quick to thank the Rangers midfielder, by saying: Dom has given our young players a huge insight into the importance of continuing their education alongside their playing career.

“Dom explained that studying alongside playing has allowed him to learn something new, develop his understanding of the world outside of football and add another string to his bow.

“At QPR’s academy we are developing a range of different higher education options for our players to ensure they all have the option to develop themselves off the pitch.” 

Having something like a degree will put you in good stead for the future.

Dominic Ball