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AS THE challenges posed by the COVID-19 lockdown grow, QPR’s academy players are continuing to receive vital advice to aid their progression through live Q&As.

Alex Carroll, QPR’s Academy Director, has been hosting the sessions for players right across the age ranges, from U9s to U16s, as well as the U18 and U23 squads.

It provides the youngsters as well as their families with the opportunity to submit their questions, as well as listening to all the responses.

The first session kicked off with Director of Football Les Ferdinand spending over an hour going through the various comments submitted.

Carroll explained: “We decided to launch the 'Ask ‘R’ Own' feature to ensure all our players and families remain connected to the club during this strange and challenging time.

“Whilst we appreciate the lockdown has put up barriers between people, it has also provided us with the opportunity to break them down and build links across the club, arranging new and exciting access for our Academy players.

“We are aware that the boys are frustrated as they aren’t able to play football with their friends at the moment but we hope these interviews will inspire them to use this time to develop new skills and encourage them to look forward to returning to the Academy when it is safe to do so."

Noa Alderin, 9, tunes in.

Following the successful Q&A with Ferdinand, Carroll added: "We are fortunate to have staff at the club that believe in the potential of young people and Les clearly demonstrated that when answering the questions posed by the next generation.

"The questions were very thoughtful and it was clear that many of them had done their research!”