QPR FC Women defender Jessica Painter recently visited Bedfont Primary School to meet students and help inspire them to take part in sport and more specifically football.
Painter held an assembly for the Year 4s and 5s and then a Q&A session with a selected group of students with the aim of helping to inspire a younger generation of children into football, before posing for selfies and autographs.
Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk Painter explained: “The students asked questions, ranging from what we do at the club on a day-to-day basis, why I decided to join QPR and what inspired me to become a footballer. I was then able to give them some advice on what they need to do if they wanted to get into playing football.”
Speaking on how important these sorts of visits into the local community area, Painter said: “It's vital, not only are we able to make ourselves and the club known around the community but also we can try to inspire other young players to take up football, even if they aren’t the most outgoing of person.
"Hopefully seeing players in their QPR kit can have a positive impact on them. As well as this, it highlights the fact that as a team we are prepared to take the time to talk to the next generation in the hope of motivating them to join a team and get active from a young age.
"It is a good way of showing the students that if they work hard, they could be in a similar position, whether they are male or female.”