A WORD FROM RYAN
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.
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.
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, Pilates, circuit training boot camps, 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.
Ryan added, “I have such a brilliant team of staff and wonderful partners, and we are very excited about our brand’s expansion, and of course, the future. We are excited about revealing our brand-new planet organic football kits and new staff uniform later in the Spring.
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 in place and I would also like to congratulate the under 16s team on their two recent trophy wins.
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 gardens & the QPG Community & Sports Hub on Kilburn Lane.
QPG 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, as a team we have learnt that you can’t always make everyone happy, and not everyone will always appreciate the time that you give up as a longstanding volunteer but as long as the children who attend are happy, that is all that matters.
It has been a really busy term at QPG, as we look to the future, and celebrate four years of free grassroots activities for local residents.
Finally, I would like to give further special a thank you to the staff and team at Wilberforce Primary School, United Learning, Moberly Sports Centre, Active Westminster, Team Westminster, M&S Queen’s Park, QP Reformers, and all of the team at Planet Organic for their support.
In the meantime, we wish you all a wonderful half-term and we are looking forward to seeing you all back at our sessions in early March.