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Ian Stewart visits Grenfell Soccer Schools

FORMER QPR midfielder Ian Stewart this week attended the R's Soccer Schools put on for children affected by the Grenfell disaster.

The midfielder, who played 87 times for the R’s during the 80s, is a manager at the grassroots level for the Northern Irish FA.

Stewart, who kindly donated football’s and kit for the QPR Community Trust Soccer Schools, was invited down to visit the centre closely located to Grenfell, by the Trust’s CEO Andy Evans.

He explained to www.qpr.co.uk just how important it was to him on a personal level to get down to Westway Sports Centre and see the soccer schools.

“I want to do as much as I can to help the local community in any-way possible, it’s so important to me to play my part,” said the former Northern Ireland international.

“I’ve been a manager at the FA grassroots level for over 20 years in Northern Ireland and community football is so important to me. I sent them boxes of footballs and tracksuits from the Irish Football Association and to see them being used really does put a smile on my face.”

For the second year in a row, the soccer schools at Westway are completely free to those affected by the Grenfell tragedy as QPR continue our promise to carry on supporting the victims and their families.

The number of people attending these schools continues to raise and that’s something that Stewart hopes can be maintained in the future.

“I wouldn’t even begin to understand how the children feel or how the local community feel about what has happened to them in the last year or so.

“The background of it is mind-blowing so to have the QPR Community Trust putting on these essentially free clinics is amazing, I’m blown away by it all.

"Hopefully I can help out in any way possible, it doesn’t matter how small it is. Sending equipment is a start but I hope to get down here and do some coaching here myself in the future.”