The Queen's Park FC Foundation Newsletter - 2nd Edition
Hi folks! As we approach the festive period we would like to share with everyone some exciting new initiatives, programmes, and much more. Contained within the 2nd edition of our Newsletter is a much-awaited update regarding kit for our community teams, information on how you and your youngsters can enter our ‘Design A Christmas Card’ competition, and plenty more information about our work in the community!
Play For Success
Playing for Success is a new programme run by The Queen’s Park FC Foundation with funding from the SPFL Trust’s Innovation Fund.
The project, based at local primary schools, is designed to raise attainment in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing, and ICT, through collaborative game play and healthy activity.
80 children from P4-P7 will play for success for two hours every week for the remainder of the school year.
P3 girls at a local primary school have been enjoying taking part in the UEFA Disney Playmakers, this term. The programme uses innovative storytelling techniques to reframe football as a space of fun and discovery in which they are welcome and able to thrive.
This school term the Playmakers have ventured through enchanted forests, rescued lost characters, and worked with magical elements while learning and practising football skills to help them along the way.
Football - More Than a Game
Through collaboration with The University of Edinburgh Academy of Sport, and a glittering range of leading experts, researchers and lecturers, the Foundation has provided a 6-week course about the wider social role football plays within communities and society more broadly.
Working with individuals from traditionally marginalised backgrounds, the course provides learners with a deeper understanding of core concepts such as: the role of sport in achieving UN global development goals, the rich heritage and pivotal of Queen’s Park in the establishment of football in Scotland and beyond, the impact of football upon Scotland’s economy, healthcare, social development, and future planning. Participants have gone on to apply their learning directly by getting involved in a variety of Queen’s Park FC Foundation’s community programmes.
Community Teams’ Kit Update
We’re thrilled to share an exciting update regarding kit for our community teams. In a collaborative effort with our dedicated kit suppliers Macron, we have had bespoke kits, tailored specifically for our community teams designed.
We expect their arrival in mid-February, due to the bespoke design and production of the kits.
In a strategic move to ensure a perfect fit for every player, we’ve placed bulk orders for these special kits. An active subscription on My Club Hub is required to receive a playing kit, alongside the return of a completed gift aid form, and the return of current match day kit.
Each of these exclusive kits will be adorned with a unique number, adding a personalized touch for each player.
On the goalkeeper front, an all-grey design awaits, while visuals for the goalkeeper kits are currently in the pipeline.
We look forward to providing further updates on kit in due course.
Looking for New Players
From January 2024 we will be starting two new community football squads: a girls’ U12 (ages 10-11) and boys’ 2018 squad (born in 2018). These provide a supportive environment for players to gain football skills and confidence.
If you know of any players who would be interested in joining either of the teams, please let us know!
You can get in contact by emailing us directly firstname.lastname@example.org
Design a Christmas Card Competition
We are delighted to announce that the club’s ‘Design a Christmas Card’ competition is back for it’s third year running.
This year’s theme will be focused on designing a ‘Scottish Christmas Card’.
Will Tizzard who helped launch the competition alongside pupils from Mount Florida Primary, and our good friends at Laurie Ross Insurance had this to say:
“I am looking forward to seeing what a ‘Scottish Christmas Card looks like” as it is my first Christmas in Scotland. I am sure that there will be loads of entries that give me a good idea of what I am in line for.
I hope that everyone enjoys taking part. The pupils at Mount Florida are already excited about Christmas and this competition has added to that excitement”
More information can be found on the Club website Here
Entry forms can be downloaded from Here
Calvin Stewart - Player Profile
In recent weeks, QPFC Foundation has been supporting one of its community football players Calvin Stewart to undertake a trial within the Queen’s Park FC Academy. This opportunity came at the end of many months of hard work by Calvin working with his coach Andrew McKerlie and Thomas Rancati and teammates from the 2014s.
During this time, Calvin will be able to sample the academy environment and continue his footballing development. We caught up with him earlier this week and he had this to say:
”Training with the EDS squad at Lochinch is fun and fast and exciting”
The Foundations Football Development Manager John McNeil said the following; “Having watched recent training and games he’s shown some attributes that would be of interest to the Academy, which in turn are boosted by his attitude and application.”
Everyone at Queen’s Park FC Foundation are thrilled for Calvin, who has been involved with community football since Mini Kickers, to be recognised in this way, and wish him well during his spell with the Academy.
“For the avoidance of doubt and to reassure those players, parents and other community members who are uncertain, the foundation would like to take a moment to clarify its relationship with the QPFC academy and its philosophy for player development.
Queen’s Park FC Foundation and Queen’s Park FC Academy are separate organisations, with different coaching staff, premises, and purposes. We are delighted to share a badge, a brand, and an ethos with the club but operate independently. There is no automatic route from community football into the academy, and on behalf of the foundation I would like to apologise if this was the impression given during previous communication.
The Foundation offers high quality coaching, and uses a syllabus that aligns closely with that used by the Academy. This can allow players to develop physically, technically, and socially to succeed on and off the pitch. Emphasis is placed on player enjoyment and wellbeing to ensure they can thrive in our football environment regardless of their technical ability.
As with Calvin, it is possible for players to go on trial with the academy, and the foundation is committed to supporting these opportunities however it can, as and when they appear. While no automatic links exist, the Foundation’s Football Development Manager is well placed to make referrals of those players who may fit the profile the academy is seeking to recruit.
While we are committed to supporting all players to progress their football talents, and develop as young people during their time with our community teams, it is the Foundation’s ambition for its teams to be viewed and enjoyed as a destination rather than a stepping stone. We are continuing to work tirelessly to ensure all players feel safe, valued, supported, and challenged within our community football teams, with fun at its heart”
Chris Priestley,General Manager