QPR have joined forces with the country’s top youth employability charity, The Prince’s Trust.
The club has announced plans to locate The Prince’s Trust staff at Loftus Road, building on a successful partnership between The Prince’s Trust and QPR in the Community Trust to use football to help young people aged 13 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.
QPR hope the relationship could be expanded in the future with dedicated facilities for Prince’s Trust courses at a new stadium.
Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust, told www.qpr.co.uk: “We have worked for a number of years with The Prince’s Trust to run Get Started with Football at our stadium. During this time we have seen first-hand the impact the programmes have on changing the lives of young people.
“We hope that if this partnership is successful, one day we can have more Prince’s Trust staff, and indeed maybe staff from other charities, based alongside QPR in the Community Trust staff at a new QPR stadium, leading to us collectively ensuring our programmes place the participant and their needs at the centre of our offer.
“There is huge potential for us to do more to help young people fulfil their potential in West London with improved facilities, which a new stadium would of course provide.”
Dermot Finch, Prince’s Trust Director for London and the South, added: “We are really pleased to announce our partnership with QPR in the Community Trust as the vital support of Loftus Road will help us to reach more young people in West London.
“This new venue for our programmes is a boost to the work we are already doing in East and South London.”