THIS week was the start of the QPR Community Trust Summer Soccer Schools.
The soccer camps are a great way for children aged 5-14 years old to improve their footballing skills, make new friends and have lots of fun.
The schools are hosted in five different locations across west London with around 150 children turning up each week.
Those who signed up to the Soccer Schools this week were treated to an appearance by members of both the QPR first team and the Under-23s.
Ryan Manning, Joe Lumley, Osman Kakay and Sean Goss all made appearances as did Kingsley Eshun, Kraig Noel-Mcleod, Mickel Platt, Chay Tilt, Charlie Fox and Seny Dieng.
The children certainly seemed lifted by seeing the players who they managed to put their questions to in a Q&A, take photographs with and even had the opportunity to play in a variety of football games.
Full back Osman Kakay attended the Capital City camp, which is close to where he grew up. Fittingly he used to go to the QPR Soccer Schools when he was a kid and returning brought back fond memories.
“It was good, it was nice to come over here and speak to the younger kids in what is my local area. To see the community doing such a good thing is really pleasing.” Kakay told www.qpr.co.uk.
He continued: “I used to come every holiday, my mum would take me to them so it was great to come back. Obviously, at that age, all you want to do is just kick a ball around and that’s why I loved coming to these things.”
Whilst Sean Goss made an appearance at PlayFootball Shepherds Bush, which is located right next to Loftus Road, knows how much the children would have appreciated seeing the players based on his own experiences.
“It was brilliant to get out and see all the kids, I remember at that age doing all the soccer schools and I always used to love seeing the pros come down when I was at Exeter. To see them support you gives you a goal at the end.”
Goss added: “I’ve been around QPR for a while now and can see how much the football club means to the community especially with what has gone on in the last year or so and it’s a pleasure to help out.”
If you would like more information and how to book online to our Summer Schools then please visit www.qprsoccerschools.co.uk.