QPG started with a couple of local Community volunteers providing free weekly football sessions in Queen’s Park – with the intention of it been a small weekly gathering in order to promote healthy and active lifestyles – but just a year and a year and a half later the founder has opened a brand new Community Centre. Thanks to the spirit and dedication of its young volunteers, the Queen’s Park Gardens (QPG) Community Hub now provides everything from maths and science lessons for youngsters, to homework help and free adult English lessons 6 days a week. Whilst undertaking his Masters in Marketing, Ryan found the time to expand QPG and introduce a wider range of sporting activities through a new venture, QPG Sports Hub, which launched in April 2017. Ryan’s next mission, along with his Co-Director David and expanded team of staff and volunteers, was a base for QPG Community. Four months later, that mission was achieved but funding is required.
“We really wanted to focus on the educational element,” said Ryan. “When we were doing the sports stuff we were noticing that some of the kids were struggling to read the rules and forms. It’s also for the parents, too, so that in the holidays they know their Children are going somewhere safe.” Ryan, armed with all he has learned so far while studying for his masters degree in Marketing, is using his skills to get help and sponsorship from construction firm Wilmott Dixon, as well as London Sports Trust.
QPG Community and QPG Sports Hub are working closely with nearby schools and are training young people as sports coaches to boost their chances of employment further down the line – and the QPG team doesn’t want to stop yet! The Community now can enjoy a range of programmes including Mother and Baby yoga, as well as a variety of sports, such as kickboxing sessions for £2. During the week under 15’s can receive additional help with their homework, which includes dedicated help with key stage 2 English and Mathematics sessions. Free Maths, English, and Science GCSE sessions are also offered with QPG’s partners Language in the Community, and college students can get free help with their University applications. Cllr Dalton added, “I have such a brilliant team of staff and partners, and we are very excited about our brand’s expansion, and of course the future.” “When I set up QPG Football and the QPG Sports hub, I knew that I would need to do more to ensure that education also played a factor, as well as all the free weekly sports, and now that we have our own premises, we can finally do that.” You can receive daily updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by following @QPGCommunity. Autumn 2017 will also see the following sessions and activities launching at the Community Hub, including Girls-only Kickboxing, Adult boot camps, She Runs it LDN, Saturday GCSE school, QPG Basketball and QPG Cinema Club.
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