THIS week Queens Park Rangers football club reached a record number of 1000 player visit’s for the season.
Ranging from soccer schools and charity events to Skype chats and food packing the R’s First Team, Under-23’s and Under-18s have certainly played their part off the field in helping the QPR Trust provide for the local area.
The fact that we have been able to combine that with a record number of visit’s from the professional players is something we are very proud of.
We are thankful that we have a squad and management team who recognise that serving the local community is one of the core values of Queens Park Rangers football club.
The 1000th player visit took place at Play Football in Shepherds Bush with Ryan Manning and Tomer Hemed plus eight under-23 players all attending an Easter party hosted by QPR.
The players got involved with a number of football related activities as well as answering a Q&A at the end and posing with over 50 young Rangers supporters and their families for photos.
Attending the event was QPR’s CEO Andy Evans who praised the attitude of the players as well as stressing the need for the club to continue the good work we are providing for local areas.
“It’s an amazing show of support from the professional players and what’s been pleasing this year is it’s not the same professionals, it’s the whole squad coming out and delivering.” Said Andy.
He continued: “What we’ve also wanted to do is make sure the visit’s are beneficial for the players. You want the players to enjoy the experience and benefit from it - especially the younger ones.
“This year is another stepping stone in us becoming better, we want to replicate it in terms of player support for the future as we know this is the standard now - this is what we expect going forward regarding player engagement. We are looking to continue to grow and become better at what we are doing.”
Whilst QPR’s Director of Football Les Ferdinand believes it’s key that the players carry on supporting the Trust so that QPR can continue to maintain our close links to the community.
He said: “I think we’ve always prided ourselves on being a community club and Andy (Evans) and the Trust have done a fantastic job and it’s our turn as footballers to support that.
“We live a very privileged life, people come out here to support us regardless of the game so for us to give something back is important and I’m really proud that the players have really brought into that this season.
“I’m not sure many clubs will achieve that (1000 player visits) this year so I’m proud of the players for not just doing it but for wanting to do it.
He added: “Sometimes a lot of these boys have only ever known football but I’ve seen the other side where you work 9-7 and I come from the area so know how much the club means to these fans.”