Championship side QPR want to use a new stadium in White City to expand its work in the community, the head of the club’s charitable arm has said.
QPR in the Community Trust chief executive Andy Evans said it has outgrown its small office at the championship side’s current home, Loftus Road, and that more could be done “with proper facilities in a new stadium”.
However, the club is currently locked in a long-running dispute with second-hand dealership, Cargiant , over a potential new stadium.
The community trust uses football coaching to try and promote healthy lifestyles amongst children and adults, as well as to tackle deep-seated social problems such as unemployment and youth offending.
The charity has rapidly expanded over recent years and now has 28 full time staff and dozens of coaches.
Mr Evans hopes that once the club is given the go-ahead for a new stadium they will have the space to increase their activities further.
“Like all QPR fans, I’m incredibly proud of the work of the trust," he said.
"But there is so much more we could do with proper facilities in a new stadium.
“We are exploring whether, for example, we could provide office space for some of our charity partners so we can work together more closely and deliver programmes on site.
"We want to make sure the new stadium benefits the whole community that we serve.”
Loftus Road in South Africa Road has been home to QPR for nearly a century, but is the fourth smallest ground in the Championship.
The club wants to build a new stadium on land currently owned by Cargiant.
But the dealership is vehemently opposed to this, and is instead looking to regenerate its Old Oak Park site, creating 6,500 new homes and 8,000 jobs .
This is part of the larger "Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area", which stretches into Ealing and Brent and will deliver a total of 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs.
Chelsea was giving planning permission to build a new 60,000 capacity stadium at Stamford Bridge by Hammersmith and Fulham Council in January.
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