IN the fifth edition of our new series, we get to know the journey that another of our QPR FC Women stars has taken to get to this stage of their career with the R’s.
Next up is Rangers stalwart Kasha Petit, who has spent her entire playing with QPR having progressed through the QPR Girls set-up in the mid-noughties.
Now a senior, first-team player, she explains how she is already making strides in the next step of her career.
Favourite position: Winger
Best quality as a footballer: Skilful, fast and versatile
Best quality as a person: Positive person who likes to bring energy and smiles everywhere I go
Sum yourself in five words: Quick, passionate, reliable, friendly, cheeky
Nickname: KP, KP Nut
Favourite type of music: Grime, UK HipHop and RnB
Footballing role model: Rachel Yankee and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Something we don’t know about you: I've got green fingers (love gardening!)
QPR FC Women’s Kasha Petit is much more than your archetypal one-club player.
As well as spending her entire 17-year playing career to-date with the R’s, her links to Rangers go much deeper than that.
Petit first joined the QPR Girls scheme aged 12, having been inspired to follow her passion for football by her older brother Leon, and she is now a senior member of the club’s first-team squad.
It’s not just on the pitch where she has been proud to represent the R’s, either. As well as donning the blue and white hoops for the women’s team on a Sunday, she spent eight years working for QPR in the Community Trust.
“It’s a club that has always felt like home for me - ever since I put the kit on for the first time,” Petit told www.qpr.co.uk. “It has been a difficult journey at times but I’ve always wanted to stick with it because I’m passionate about the shirt, the badge and the club as a whole.”
Having now spent almost two decades as a player for QPR, Petit has one eye on the next stage of her career in football. But that’s not to say she has any intention of stopping playing yet.
She is already the holder of an FA Level 2 Coaching Badge and has aspirations to study for her next qualification, which is the UEFA B Licence.
Coaching is something that Petit has a real passion for and she has known that for a long time now.
She said: “Coming out of youth football and going into senior football – even at that time – I realised how much I enjoyed coaching.
“I used to volunteer to help with QPR Soccer Schools when I was in the QPR Girls teams, so I realised quite young that I liked interacting with people and I’m good with kids. Some of my skills as a person can be put into coaching.”
Petit’s current full-time job suits her skillset perfectly as she is Female Development & Health Inclusion Officer at AFC Wimbledon Foundation, which – COVID-19 aside – sees her coach on a daily basis.
Prior to that, she would coach with the QPR Trust where, amongst many other things, she helped to hone the football skills of a number of girls, including three that she now calls teammates.
Petit said: “I coached Annie Dzyadyk, Merle Redhead-Ling and Lily Last when they were all younger and it gives me satisfaction watching their growth.
“I can also appreciate being on the pitch with them and I still see some of same skills that I knew they had from before. There is a great balance in the QPR team at the moment. They have the youth and bravery to add to what I and the other experienced players bring.”
She added: “I like to see the growth and development in a player. Whether it is their technical ability or their confidence, I like seeing something that is ‘good’ and gets to ‘great’.
“It’s like these young people are an extension of yourself. You can do something yourself or you can inspire someone or help someone to get the same level of achievement, or beyond, as you.”
In the future, Petit has desires to coach at senior level and there is one job in particular that she has her eyes on.
She joked: “I might come and nick Steve Quashie’s QPR job when he is coaching the England women’s team!
“I want to coach at a high level and, because of mine and QPR’s shared philosophy and what we both believe in, it would be great to coach here again one day.”