THE EDUCATION team at QPR in the Community Trust are delighted that two female participants at our College Academy programme – Jessica Francis-Weir and Harriet Stiles-Winfield – have been signed by Women’s Super League academies at West Ham United Women and Tottenham Women respectively.
The Trust run a post-16 football and education programme for girls and boys, with the players earning educational qualifications while playing games and representing QPR. Players can study for A-Levels or a BTEC while training and playing games in competitive leagues, and many have gone on to join professional and semi-professional clubs.
The programme is delivered at Rectory Park, home of the Middlesex FA.
Throughout the college academy season, both girls performed impressively in the league and cup, with Jessica scoring 11 goals in 10 games for the R’s and Harriet notching four goals and 12 assists in six games. As a result of their impressive performances, several WSL clubs kept them on their watchlists.
QPR College Academy Women’s head coach Ramandeep Dole is pleased that the Trust continue to develop players and offer them such opportunities.
He said: “I am delighted that the girls have been given the opportunity to play at a WSL academy. We aim to provide a platform in which they can showcase their talents week in, week out. I hope they now both push on and hopefully make a first-team debut in the future.”
Trust education manager Paul Mitchell added: “It’s fantastic to see Jess and Harriet progressing in their football after spending a brilliant year on the pitch with QPR College Academy. They both have an excellent attitude and have been a credit to the programme.
“I am pleased we can continue to support their academic studies and their development, this shows that the young people are the sole focus of our delivery.”
Jessica Francis-Weir continued: “In the past year, I’ve really enjoyed being at the QPR College Academy. The coaches have been really supportive in my football and educational development, and I’ve made some great friends during my time here. I’d like to thank Ram and all the coaches at QPR and I look forward to my next challenge.”
QPR’s College Academy host boys and girls trials throughout the year.
For more information about our post-16 football & education programme trials, please CLICK HERE.