Four members of Prince's Trust staff will be based at QPR’s stadium in West London in order to work more closely with the club to support even more young people in the area.
The new partnership builds on an existing relationship between The Prince’s Trust and QPR in the Community Trust, the club’s charitable arm, to help disadvantaged young people move into training, employment and self-employment.
QPR in the Community Trust and The Prince’s Trust have been working together since 2011 to deliver Get Started with Football programmes. The week-long personal social development programme engages young people who are furthest from the job market and gives them the confidence to take their next step.
This is part of The Prince’s Trust Football Initiative in partnership with the Premier League and the Professional Footballers' Association, which helps develop confidence, motivation and team working skills through sport. Over the last 20 years more than 25,000 young people have been supported by this partnership.
Additional Prince’s Trust programmes will now be made more easily accessible for young people in West London, engaging and supporting young people to move into training, employment and self-employment through a wide range of support at QPR’s stadium.
The new partnership will also enable The Trust to increase its network amongst schools in West London, and strengthen its outreach to young people.
QPR hope that the partnership could act as a prototype for the kind of activity they hope to see at a new QPR Community Stadium when they move from Loftus Road. The club is currently examining the feasibility of a partnership with Thames Valley Harriers to redevelop the Linford Christie Stadium, next to Wormwood Scrubs.
Dermot Finch, Prince’s Trust Director for London and the South said, "We are really pleased to announce our partnership with QPR in the Community Trust as the vital support of Loftus Road Stadium will help us to reach more young people in West London. This new venue for our programmes is a boost to the work we are already doing in East and South London".
- Dermot Finch, Prince’s Trust Director for London and the South
Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust said, "We have worked for a number of years with The Prince’s Trust to run Get Started with Football at our stadium. During this time we have seen first-hand the impact the programmes have on changing the lives of young people.
- Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust
He added, "We hope that if this partnership is successful, one day we can have more Prince’s Trust staff, and indeed maybe staff from other charities, based alongside QPR in the Community Trust staff at a new QPR stadium. There is huge potential for us to do more to help young people in West London if only we had the facilities to do so.”