QPR’S Under-18s were delighted to be invited to local university UCFB Wembley recently, as the young R’s underwent some vital media training with the help of the students.
Based at the iconic Wembley Stadium, Henry Hawkins, Harry Murphy and Kayden Harrack were put through their paces in a form of a press conference, which saw the football business and media students asking them questions about their recent FA Youth Cup victory, as well as numerous other topics.
Of course, the Super Hoops beat Oldham Athletic in the cup last Wednesday at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, with UCFB in attendance - and the three U18s who played pivotal roles in the third-round win were able to further enhance their skills amid a real-life press conference.
Stephen Quinn, QPR’s head of academy education, told www.qpr.co.uk: “We brought three of our Under-18s scholars down to Wembley for some media training and it was hugely beneficial.
“The opportunity to be questioned by students from UCFB and get a real taste of what it is going to be like if their careers go in the trajectory they're going was massively helpful and will only benefit the lads.
“I was really happy with how they did - they were confident and presented themselves really well. But to be honest I’m not surprised, that’s how they handle themselves on a day-to-day basis, but I thought they were excellent.”
Stephen explained how important such life skills are to the lads, with public speaking something many people struggle with.
He added: “First of all, as people - ahead of anything else - this is so important.
“To be able to stand up in front of a group of people, get their points across, be confident and hold conversations, it just makes them much better, well-rounded people.
“Then as a footballer as they go through their careers, be it in press conferences, the first team, or just being able to have conversations in meetings, holding conversations and getting their points across is only going to benefit them as they go through life.
“On the pitch, they got the rewards they deserved on Wednesday evening, and I think you could tell from some of their answers that they were still buzzing from the result - I am really happy for them.”