QPR Trust & FCSA 'Transforming Lives'

QPR and QPR in the Community Trust, as part of our work with the Football Club Social Alliance (FCSA), are helping transform the lives of vulnerable girls and boys and young men and women around the world.

It is through this social commitment that the FCSA, a network of European football clubs, has now become an official partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The agreement will lead to increased sporting and educational opportunities for refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in crisis-affected regions around the world.

For example, the past 12 months have seen the FCSA train and support Syrian refugees in the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan and Internally Displaced Persons from the East of Ukraine to become grassroots football coaches.

QPR have just participated in the second module of the FCSA project in Kramatorsk, Eastern Ukraine.

QPR in the Community Trust coach Tom Charles represented the club in Kramatorsk and told www.qpr.co.uk: “I felt privileged and humbled to be invited to the Ukraine to be a part of the instructor team to educate the young coaches working with children, some of whom may be internally displaced, from their local communities.

"I was impressed by the standard of coaching on display but more importantly, the young coaches were good people.

"From the first day, it was clear that they had made friends with each other during the previous module, and they were enthusiastic about child development and inspiring the next generation.

"During the coaching sessions, their care and affection for the local children came to the fore which was reflected by the enjoyment of the children – they didn`t want to go back to school! With this group of young coaches, I think the future of Ukrainian children is in good hands.

"Amazing work is being carried out across the world by the FCSA who use football to create social change by up-skilling young coaches to educate children on current societal issues and provide them with enjoyable experiences and the tools to develop relationships within their communities.

"The power of the QPR badge instantly opens lines of communication which enables us to share the positive impact we are having within our local communities."

The FCSA activities work to restore hope in communities that have endured unimaginable trauma, provide structure, and above all, help children regain part of their lost childhood.

As a member of the FCSA, QPR are committed to providing sustainable opportunities for refugees and members of the host community to develop themselves as community leaders under the UNHCR mandate.

The Football Club Social Alliance is founded and run by the Switzerland-based Scort Foundation.