ONLY a stone’s throw away from Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, QPR in the Community Trust’s Primary Stars officer Dion Allen has been helping to inspire the next generation of sports leaders - teaching them the necessary skills and enabling them to fall in love with sport.
As part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, which is delivered across a multitude of schools, Dion has been working in Wormholt Park Primary School and giving children the opportunity to upskill themselves as well as creating positive social change that is of benefit to the wider west London community.
Working with a select group called 'Junior Leaders' Dion has been able to teach the students how to be effective leaders, deliver good feedback and how to have the ability to motivate and inspire teamwork.
Through both the use of classroom and practical sessions, the group have created, planned, and delivered PE sessions to their peers and classmates. All the students who have taken part aimed to gain more confidence and self-esteem to stand them in good stead for the future.
Speaking about the initiative, Dion told www.qpr.co.uk: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Nyah, Adham, Zeanab, Malakai, Omar and Paulina this year.
“What we have achieved together and the progress that has been made has been fantastic to see.
“All of them have gained so much self-belief and a desire to improve which can be tough at the age they are. I really believe that this programme stands them in good stead for their transition to secondary school and hopefully they use what they have learned to reach their dreams and ambitions.”
Furthermore, their teacher from Wormholt Park Primary School was also keen to praise QPR’s Premier League Primary Stars programme, adding: “The sessions are a great success and I have noticed a significant change in the pupils, the girls especially, in terms of their confidence and engagement with their peers.
“The pupils look forward to the sessions each week and they gained so many useful skills that will be essential for them when transitioning to secondary school.
“They were also taught the benefits of planning prior to delivering their activities to the class. They had a lot of fun preparing the activities and their peers enjoyed taking part. I, as their teacher, am really impressed with how far they have come.”
They added: “Dion really catered to the needs of the pupils and adapted the sessions to meet their needs. The sessions were well-organised and delivered to a high standard.”