QPR in the Community Trust played their part in giving England’s Women’s team a royal send-off to this summer’s European Championships.
Trust coaches were invited alongside girls from one of the R’s local partner schools, St Mary of the Angels, for a memorable occasion at Kensington Palace.
They enjoyed a coaching session before being joined by The Duke of Cambridge and The Lionesses for a very special kick-about.
Trust coach Arran Wilding, who delivers QPR’s Primary Stars programme at the school, told www.qpr.co.uk: “It’s an excellent opportunity for the girls to meet the England Women’s team.
“It’s great encouragement for them and gives them an aspiration and something to work towards.”
Rachel Pavlou, National Women’s Football Participation Manager at The FA, added: “It’s a fantastic day for these young girls.
“QPR work really closely with the FA trying to increase the number of girls playing football and we’re delighted to be able to give these young girls the opportunity to meet the Lionesses and, of course, Prince William. You could see how much excitement was on their faces.
“What’s really great is so many of these girls know that QPR are trying to get them into a SSE Wildcats centre which is that bridge between school and club and are working really hard with us to do that.”
The QPR SSE Wildcat sessions, which are supported by our partners at Hammersmith & Fulham, take place every Monday 5-6pm at the Shepherds Bush PlayFootball Centre on South Africa Road.
The day was part of FA Girls’ Football Week – a national campaign aimed at raising the profile of female football in order to double the number of women and girls playing football by 2020.
SSE Wildcats is a national programme designed to inspire girls aged between 5-11 to be involved in football.
200 clubs have been established across England throughout the spring and summer sponsored by FA partner SSE, with support from UEFA, FIFA and The Youth Sport Trust.
They provide a safe environment where girls with no football experience can have fun engaging with spot, develop fundamental skills, try a variety of sessions, learn new things and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport.