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South Mumbai programme extend QPR partnership

QPR In the Community Trust were pleased to welcome the South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challengers earlier this month, continuing a successful partnership which now spans a decade.

Throughout the last two weeks, the 2019 winners Aditi Pandire, Nishka Parkash, Sagtar Rathod and Yohaannie Poonawala were invited to west London for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to experience life at QPR.

Since 2009, more than 55,000 children have participated in the Challenger with as many as 80 per cent being from lesser privileged backgrounds.

QPR chairman Amit Bhatia received a plaque from the South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challengers ahead of our recent home fixture with Blackburn Rovers to mark his personal input into the project. He said: “I am so proud of its continued growth.

“I was honoured to help commemorate a fantastic ten years of support between QPR and the South Mumbai Challengers.

“As a result of this amazing project, so many children have been given a platform to showcase and develop their skills.

“The project has enabled them to have incredible experiences and opportunities, and Programme Director Sanjiv Saran Mehra deserves special praise for his commitment to its on-going development.”

QPR in the Community Trust CEO Andy Evans added: “The children have had an incredible experience, and for most of them it’s the first time they have left India or even Mumbai.

“It was important that we got to show them what Queens Park Rangers Football Club is about in the widest sense and from a cultural point of view they have got to experience London as well.”

South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger Programme Director Sanjiv Saran Mehra, said: “It has been a great journey.

“It is one of India’s largest community events, which has given thousands of kids the chance to experience something as great as this.

“They have been exposed to each aspect of what this amazing football club is all about, so I think in terms of knowledge this has been a great learning club for them.

“QPR and Amit have been a great driving force of this and I thank them whole heartedly. We are very grateful.”

I am so proud of its continued growth.

Amit Bhatia