TYRESE Huggins has been awarded the Warwickshire College Group (WCG) National Trainee of the Year Award for 2018/19.
In January 2019, QPR in the Community Trust and WCG joined forces to offer young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) the opportunity to improve their qualifications and employability skills through the traineeship.
Tyrese has been involved with QPR in the Community Trust since September 2018 as part of the Prevent and Prosper Programme, before then being referred onto the Premier League Works Traineeship in January 2019.
Megan Smith, QPR in the Community Trust Employability Coordinator, explained how Tyrese has excelled on the programme, by stating: “When Tyrese first came onto the programme, he was quite shy and introvert. However, as time went on, his personality and enthusiasm kept growing and he has a huge passion for football and helping people. He was a real role-model to the group and would take the time to help anyone who was struggling. The programme has definitely brought the best out of him and it has been fantastic to see his journey.”
Tyrese is so proud of his achievement and believes that all the hard work was worth it: “This award was something I had to work so hard for. I had to get lots of experience. This was both physical work with the sports coaching and work in the media room. It has been a long journey but getting this award has made it all worth it.”
He added: “Throughout the traineeship, we have done a lot of team building exercises, a lot of football sessions in which we have to coach each other and also work which will prepare me for life. For example, we worked in other fields of work other than just football, such as currency UK and Microsoft, so we get a wide variety of what we want to do in the future.”
Chris Gately, Head of Re-engagement and Schools at WCG, explained: “This is an excellent achievement and we had a number of nominations from the length of the country.
“Tyrese’s journey through the programme and personal challenges really stood out and it was great to see his progress through a number of programmes and now he has aspirations to continue working towards becoming a coach.”
From everyone here at Queens Park Rangers… congratulations, Tyrese!
This award was something I had to work so hard for, it has been a long journey but getting this award has made it all worth it.