FEBRUARY 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of QPR in the Community Trust.
The key vision of our Trust has, and continues to be, creating opportunities, inspiring change and helping people to fulfil their potential. Their mission is to work with communities to develop sporting, educational, cultural and social opportunities to improve the quality of life in the local community.
The Trust has grown at a remarkable pace – from a small charity to now having over 23,000 participants, 37 full-time staff, 68 part-time staff and putting on 300 educational and sporting sessions per week across seven London boroughs.
On Tuesday night Loftus Road hosted a reception to acknowledge the start of the Trust’s celebration with around 100 guests from the local area attending.
Special invitees included the Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham Councillor Daryl Brown, QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand and first team players Alex Baptiste and Darnell Furlong.
The night started with a speech from the Trust’s CEO Andy Evans who has been the heartbeat of the charity throughout the last decade.
He expressed his delight at the progress in which the Trust has made and the success it has experienced, whilst stressing the need to continue expanding and maintaining the high standards that have been set.
Speaking afterwards, he told www.qpr.co.uk: It was a great evening with over 40 different organisations in attendance which demonstrates the breadth and depth of the work being carried out in the local community.
“It was also an opportunity for guests to meet and engage with the Trust staff; the success so far of QPR in the Community Trust is really down to a huge team effort and we are so lucky to have great people who have the passion for what we are trying to achieve.
“QPR is a club with community at the heart of its operation and we look forward to continuing to be an active contributor to the local community.”
Following on from Andy were two extremely moving speeches by two members of the Trust’s staff Kelvin Robinson and James Casling. They explained their life-changing experiences from first being introduced to the Trust to having the pleasure to go on and be employees.
Les Ferdinand was next on the mic, speaking about one of the Trust’s biggest but most rewarding challenges – dealing with the aftermath of the Grenfell Tragedy.
Ferdinand grew up on the Grenfell estate and praised the Trust’s response and attitude in dealing with such a difficult situation. He ended by stating that the #Game4Grenfell was special in the way the community came together, and how taken aback he was by the extra mile that staff members from the Trust went to ensure as much money was raised as possible.
The night finished with Club Ambassador Andy Sinton talking about how crucial a role the Trust plays in the make-up of Queens Park Rangers Football Club. He said that regardless of what is happening on the pitch we can, and should, always be proud of what we are doing in the local community.
All in all it was a wonderful occasion to kick-start what will be a year of celebrating our ‘special’ Community Trust.