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From White City to The White Cliffs

QPR in the Community Trust are pleased to have partnered with Primal Roots HQ once again.

Primal Roots HQ and the Trust will work together to empower young people at risk of offending through positive interventions and the power of sport.

As a social enterprise, Primal Roots believe in the restorative power of fitness and nature, as a tool to achieve more than just improvements in health and wellbeing.

Primal Roots adopt a mind-body-soul approach, focusing on education and understanding to ensure that individuals can tap into their true potential.

As part of the ‘From the White City to The White Cliffs’ programme, QPR in the Community Trust staff Pablo Blackwood, Errol O’Flaherty and Sarah Da Silva took three young west Londoners to Kent, in collaboration with Col’s Kent Bike Tours and Canoe Wild.

Setting off from Canterbury West Station, the three young boys showed true grit, covering 24 miles under their own peddle and paddle power - four miles to England's smallest town of Fordwich, then onto the river, canoeing into the wind for five miles before retaking to the saddle for a 15-mile ride to stand triumphantly at the finish line in Margate.

Along the way, QPR Trust staff encouraged the three young men to push past their perceived limits with a strong mindset and a sense of determination to help turn mental blocks into building blocks.

These adventures are designed to give participants a sense of achievement, something to be proud of, an experience that will stand them in good stead when their backs are against the wall.

Pablo Blackwood, QPR in the Community Trust’s youth and communities officer, said: "The young people learned a lot about themselves, they dug deep and supported each other at different stages of the kayaking and arduous bike ride.

“The beautiful vistas along the River Stour and through the Kent countryside weren't lost on them.

“It was a great achievement that was reflected in the feedback from their parents and my colleagues alike. They rightly are proud of what they achieved, and the experience will live long in their memories.”

Co-founder of Primal Roots, Carl Adams said: “I'm a lifelong R's fan - I've been going to Loftus Road for 40 years and reading about the Trust in the matchday programme for the last decade, or so.

“Naturally, when an opportunity arose to bring young Londoners down to the Kent coast for adventure-based activity, Andy Evans (QPR Community Trust CEO) was the first person I reached out to.

“All the young people who've been down to see us so far have shown true character and commitment, and QPR Community Trust staff are the type of mentors we all wish we had growing up. They're genuinely changing lives. We are honoured to be a part of that and to support the club we love, on and off the pitch. The Trust are proving that football is more than a game, and this is more than a football club.”

To find out more about the initiative, click HERE.

Article written by Saif Atrakji