A WORD FROM RYAN
QPG would like to say 'Hello' to our brand new partners, Moberly Sports Centre, Ida Restaurant, LifeJacket, Launch Tuition, and St John's Kensal Rise, and to wish you all the best during the current global pandemic. For those of you who are new to our services, QPG started with a couple of local community volunteers providing free weekly football sessions in Queen’s Park - with the intention of it being a small weekly gathering in order to better promote healthy and active lifestyles.
I am proud of the work the QPG team has done during the national lockdown.
Thanks to the spirit and dedication of its young volunteers, the Queen’s Park Gardens (QPG) Community & Sports Hub has opened on Kilburn Lane, and now provides everything from Maths and Science lessons for youngsters to homework help and adult English lessons over 7 days a week, plus a whole range of free local sports. Although these are currently now on hold.
QPG Football Academy was founded in April 2016 and since its inception has assisted with four residents becoming qualified in the areas of football coaching, as well as giving people an opportunity to develop valuable key skills in a unique classroom setting at the hub.
We now deliver 24 sessions of free and affordable sporting activities for both local children and adults in Queen's Park in Westminster. Ryan is driven by a passion for improving the area in which he grew up by providing free and affordable activities that he felt were lacking.
QPG Community & Sports Hub are working closely with nearby schools and youth organisations that are training young people as sports coaches to boost their chances of employment further down the line, this includes the FA level 1 and 2 Football coaching badges.
The Community can now enjoy a range of programmes including yoga, circuit training and a wide variety of sports. During the week under 15s can receive additional help with their homework. Free Maths, English, and Science GCSE sessions are also offered with QPG’s partners, Launch Tuition and college students can get free help with their University and new job applications. They can even help you virtually over Microsoft Teams and Zoom meetings.
The QPG Management Board is also inviting applications for local football managers and new volunteers via Groundwork, Westminster. We are excited to have a new manager and ambassador in place and I would also like to congratulate the under 16s team on their two recent trophy wins. We look forward to restarting our weekly football sessions in due course.
Over the next 12 months, throughout 2020 and 2021, we will see the following sessions and activities launching at the QPG Hub, including more Launch Tuition weekend sessions and new Basketball amongst other exciting opportunities, such as new Fit and Fed cookery classes.
And remember, we are always open to hearing suggestions from residents and our partners on any new and exciting sporting activities and lessons that they would like to see launching in Queen's Park, local park gardens & the QPG Community & Sports Hub on Kilburn Lane.
QPG as a non-profit has continued to go from strength to strength and we are proud that we have been able to make a real difference in a diverse community that often gets overlooked.
Prior to the lockdown, it had been a busy term at QPG, as we look to the future, and we celebrate four years of grassroots activities for local residents, and a host of new volunteers.
Finally, I would like to give a special thank you to the staff and team at Wilberforce Primary School, United Learning, Moberly Sports Centre, Active Westminster, Team Westminster, Ida Restaurant, QP Reformers, and all of the team at Planet Organic UK for their support.
In the meantime, we are continuing to deliver hot food and care packages to the elderly and isolated residents in our community and preparing for our future summer and autumn activities.
Finally, some unexpected good news - QPG has won two awards this Spring, the healthy London workplace award from the Mayor of London's office and the Corporate Vision Education and Training Award for the Best Community Youth Engagement Organisation in London. This is a wonderful team effort and reflects our wonderful community partnerships and resilience.
I hope that you all stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all again, in the coming weeks.