WE are delighted to announce that former QPR midfielder and First Team Coach Marc Bircham will be joining the Tiger Feet walk from Harlington to Loftus Road before our game against Bolton on Saturday.
QPR supporters, which now includes Bircham as well as club Ambassador Andy Sinton, will take a 13-mile route all in aid of the QPR Tiger Cubs, a football team for children and young people with Down's syndrome.
The Tiger Cubs aims to create a multi-tier learning environment that will improve the participants’ overall physical, social and emotional health. The money raised goes directly to the team to cover their expenses and assisting with future projects and further extending new opportunities.
In 2018 Tiger Feet 9 was done from Harlington to Craven Cottage and took place before Rangers 2-2 draw with Fulham.
Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk Bircham explained that seeing the walkers from last year’s game and other previous events has inspired the 40-year-old to get involved in this one.
“I remember standing at Fulham last season in the dugout and I was freezing and I knew they had done the walk and I was thinking how cold they must have been! It was an incredible effort from them to do it and this year I was really keen to get involved myself,” explained Bircham.
He continued: “I’m doing it with my daughters Layla (12) and Dolly (eight). My nephews Freddie and Alfie will also take part so we will be doing it all together.”
The fans' favourite, who was renowned for his passion and work-rate, believes raising money for these types of causes is what football is all about.
“The joy that the Tiger Cubs football team brings to the kids is fantastic and anything we can do to get them more funding we should do.
“It is a reminder for all of us who get involved in the professional game that yes, it can be very serious, but this shows just how much enjoyment the game can bring. You can see that on the faces of all the Tiger Cubs – particularly when they go on the pitch at half-time and before kick-off.”
Bircham, who was part of Ian Holloway’s coaching staff between 2016 and 2018 added: “It’s a project that is close to my heart and it is a fantastic idea. I’m looking forward to getting involved and I hope we can raise as much money as possible.”
If, like Birch, you agree that this is a wonderful way to raise money for the Tiger Cubs, then you can donate to the cause by clicking HERE.