QPR have this week become the first London football club to sign the government’s Armed Forces Covenant, a series of commitments to people who serve or have served in the Armed Forces.
Defence Minister Mark Lancaster signed the covenant at QPR’s home match against Wigan on Tuesday evening, along with QPR CEO, Lee Hoos.
As part of the Covenant, QPR have pledged to provide a career pathway for veterans leaving the Armed Forces, and to support club employees who are training or deployed as Reservists. The R’s have also vowed to continue a QPR in the Community Trust work skills programme run with the Royal British Legion to help Armed Forces veterans prepare for life after the military. Just a few weeks after the first three month programme took place, half of the previously unemployed participants have found jobs.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring that those who serve in the Armed Forces to protect us are treated with fairness and respect. A number of businesses have signed the pledge, which is already making a difference to the Armed Forces community, from FTSE 100 companies to local authorities.
Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said: “It is great to see that QPR are signing the Armed Forces Covenant. The success of their employability programme shows how a football club can help service leavers and veterans improve skills and find jobs.
“I encourage other clubs to support the covenant and ensure all those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.”
QPR in the Community Trust Education and Employability Officer Jack Kelley said:
“QPR has the community at its heart, and a deep respect for those who serve and have served in our Armed Forces. We are delighted to show our commitment to them by signing the Armed Forces covenant.”