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Cameron: QPR’s community values must be maintained

GEOFF Cameron has worked with the club to ensure the first-team squad continue to reach out to the local community despite the current restrictions.

Cameron was named captain by Mark Warburton earlier this month and he wants to make sure he builds on the reputation QPR has as a club which is entrenched in its local community.

The 35-year-old has put in place regular Zoom calls for the first-team squad to participate in, enabling the players to overcome Covid-19 challenges by continuing their player appearances remotely.

“As a footballer, my first priority is to win games,” Cameron said “We have made a reasonable start to the season. There are aspects we have been happy with and aspects we know we can improve on.

“Off the pitch, I am really proud to be the captain of a club which has such strong family values and takes its role in the community so seriously.

“Getting out to local schools and meeting people in the area is a big part of what we do. The current restrictions make that difficult but we can’t use that as an excuse not to do our bit.

“We will be doing regular Zoom calls throughout the season as a way of getting out there and hopefully inspiring others.”

Cameron spent 30 minutes answering question from pupils at QPR College Academy, who represent the club in the National Football Youth League with the aim to raise aspirations of talented football players in full time education and outside of the Academy system.

Cameron spoke in detail about his own career path, and offered advice and guidance.

“It was a lot of fun,” Cameron said afterwards. “I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope they found it useful.”

QPR College Academy Director Kevin Browne added: “It was really great to have the QPR captain talk to us as a group which was hosted by two of our players, Jamie and Romeo.

“He gave us a real insight into what happens behind the scenes and how you must conduct yourself off the pitch in regards to training and nutrition.

“The players asked some intriguing questions such as what it takes to make it as a pro and how you deal with setbacks.

“Geoff gave them some great ways to use those setbacks as motivation and push forward. The players really enjoyed the session and look forward to more in the future.”

Getting out to local schools and meeting people in the area is a big part of what we do.

Geoff Cameron