FOLLOWING the conclusion of the 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship season, and the easing of lockdown restrictions, QPR in the Community Trust were delighted to host a series of events on the hallowed Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium turf - giving local children and residents an unforgettable experience.
QPR’s Football Development programme were first to get access to the pitch, with over 140 young children able to experience life in W12.
Of course, COVID-19 restrictions limited the group numbers at one time, but throughout a whole day and evening a huge number of local children gained a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
QPR FC Women were next up to walk through the doors of the KPF, with both the Women’s first team and development sides able to have their usual Friday night training session in W12.
Activity in west London only continued to increase, with our Premier League Primary Stars department arranging a fantastic tournament for several of our local schools on the famous pitch.
QPR in the Community Trust were then pleased to welcome our Walking Football side who continue to battle it out against other counterparts in memory of their founder and good friend Rob Kent.
This was then followed by a wonderful girls tournament which saw participants from two of our Brent Kicks sessions, based at Capital City Academy and Alperton High School, competing against each other.
Before the arrival of our Under-8s, our fantastic QPR Tiger Cubs and Para Footballers were able to have a session in front of the Loft as they helped our media team recreate THAT Bobby Zamora goal ahead of the launch of the #WalkFromHome2 campaign.
As we reached the halfway point of the week, Rangers welcomed our College Academy side who overcame Crystal Palace 3-1 in a London derby in W12, courtesy of first-half strikes from Mo Abaker, Luis Oliveira and Joel Faira Barros.
The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium then welcomed members of our Premier League Kicks programme, with an exciting 11-a-side game played out in W12.
Our Kicks programme predominantly works with participants from the Kensington and Hammersmith and Fulham areas, and a moment like this was one to cherish for many who may be going through a difficult time.
With the week starting to end, Rangers then hosted our annual Mental Health World Cup, where we were able to raise a fantastic £17,000 which was split with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
In our final Trust event, we welcomed Football Aid to W12.
Supporters were able to bid for a place in two games hosted by Football Aid, to help raise vital funds for the Trust, one of which featured former R’s players Richard Langley and Leroy Griffiths and was managed by club ambassador Andy Sinton in a fantastic afternoon for all involved.
A huge thank you to everyone that took part in these fantastic events.
Please note, all COVID-19 safety procedures and precautions were followed throughout these events.