In QPR we trust

If Premier League football is the most powerful sporting force in the UK, then Hammersmith & Fulham is the engine room. With three top flights team sitting just a few miles apart, football has a huge impact on local life – whether it’s the goals, the traffic or the pubs.

Away from the hustle and bustle of match days QPR, Fulham and Chelsea are all busy in the local community working local residents young and old to improve their health, job prospects and, of course, dribbling skills. In W12, registered charity QPR in the Community Trust has been working with locals aged 4 to 90. And here at Horton and Garton we’ve always been impressed with how they are trying to improve lives in the north of the borough.

Last year, while at Loftus Road watching a game, I was introduced by a client of mine to Andy Evans, chief executive of QPR’s charity arm. He advised me of the superb work which was done by his team, and the changes that it is inspiring. The trust is approaching its fourth anniversary, and the aims are to provide projects based in the local community which will have a positive impact and outcome on the community’s education, social inclusion, sports participation and health.

The trust has a multi-activity approach to challenge issues faced in disadvantaged or deprived areas of London, tackling national issues at a local level.

An example of the work done by the charity is the QPR Tiger Cubs a team for children with Down’s syndrome, one of only six football clubs in England who run teams for a team for children with DS. Another is the Fulham Badgers.

Andy Evans who oversees the team explained: “The kids get an incredible amount of satisfaction, a sense of belonging, and it provides a support network for the parents where they can share common experiences.

“With this initiative, the children are becoming more active, and are gaining confidence. It’s also very important for their emotional and social development. Unlike sport in the mainstream schools, it’s a level playing field for everyone, and they can take what they learn on the training pitches into the classroom and everyday life.”

While Andy and the Trust can’t always help the first team put points on the board when they meet their Premier League rivals, it does help that they are making fans for life with their impressive work in the community. Therefore, I am proud to say that Horton and Garton continue to support the fine work of QPR in the Community Trust.

For more details or to find out how you can get involved, visit: www.qprcommunitytrust.co.uk

The Trust are also kindly lending their support to a competition being run on our facebook page to win a signed and framed QPR shirt from the Championship winning team of 2011. For a chance to win, simply follow this link: http://on.fb.me/TGxfDI