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QPR in the Community Trust teamed up with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Big World Impact to deliver an employability workshop and education & sports training day for the youngsters at the Training Ground in Harlington.

More than 60 boys and girls aged 14 – 16 were invited to the club’s training ground to speak with Trust members and enjoy a Q&A session with R’s defender Rio Ferdinand, to help inspire them to fulfil their dreams. The participants were able to mingle with other young people from Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent, East London and Leigh Park, and also take part in a football tournament. Rio Ferdinand said:

“It was great talking to the young people from my Foundation, Big World Impact and QPR in the Community Trust. It is amazing being able to give back to the community by meeting some of these young people, who like me grew up on estates, and tell them that they just need to keep working hard and anything is possible.”

Gareth Dixon, Community Development Manager from QPR in the Community Trust, said:

“This was a tremendous opportunity for all those involved to take part in a fun, high-class employability workshop delivered by Imperial College, pick Rio Ferdinand’s brains, one of the game’s greatest players, and play football at a Premier League training ground. On behalf of QPR in the Community Trust, I would like to say thanks to all those involved for helping to provide such a special environment that could be the catalyst and inspiration for change.”

Rio Ferdinand took to the stage for 45 minutes of Q&As with the Trust’s Danny Edwards.

Julian Wadsworth MBE, Community Engagement Manager for Big World Impact, said:

“It is a life experience to participate in a football competition, and an opportunity to meet such an inspirational figure in Rio Ferdinand. We are very grateful to QPR in the Community Trust for hosting this event and to Rio Ferdinand for his passion, supporting young people around the employment and enterprise agenda.”

The employability workshop was delivered by Jason Yarrow from the Imperial College careers service, while the tournament was held at QPR’s first team’s training ground for the vulnerable young people.

Cillian Leahy, Project Manager of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, said:

“The Rio Ferdinand Foundation is committed to supporting young people into training, education and employment so the opportunity of an employability workshop with Imperial College is one we were very excited about. It was a great day for all concerned and one we were delighted to take part in it.”