The Queen's Park FC Foundation Newsletter - 6th Edition

Hey folks! Queen’s Park FC Foundation is thrilled to announce some fantastic updates across all our areas of activity: Community, Education, and Football. In this edition, we’re excited to share that we’ve successfully completed the Kiltwalk, details about our upcoming May Day Football Camps, opportunities for volunteering with us, and much more! Stay tuned for inspiring stories and exciting developments!

Kiltwalk

On Sunday 28th of April, the Queen’s Park FC Foundation, along with staff from Laurie Ross Insurance and our own volunteers, took part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk. Our Kiltwalk team took on the Big Stroll, a 14-mile journey, trekking from Clydebank to Balloch. The team had a strong start with the winds behind us keeping us cool and in good spirits for the walk, with our whole team making the finish line in excellent time and even better company. The team made some great friends along the way as we shared our fundraising story and the mission of the Queen’s Park FC Foundation.

 

After all funds collected so far, the Foundation has raised an amazing £1,828. Our good friends over at Laurie Ross Insurance helped to raise an additional £1,048, kindly donating all funds raised to the Foundation bring our total to £2,876.

Our JustGiving link will be open till Monday 6th May for any last minute donations – https://www.justgiving.com/team/qpfcfkiltwalk2024

 

We would like to extend a special thank you the the Club, both men and women’s teams, to the fabulous team over at Laurie Ross Insurance, and to everyone at the Queen’s Park FC Supporters Association. Through tireless effort and the utmost dedication everyone has helped us to smash our target allowing us to go above and beyond. 

The Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to all of our supporters and donators who have helped make this possible. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will contribute to the continuation of our programmes, ranging from Education, Community Development, Community Football, and beyond.

May Day Football Camps

Queen’s Park FC Foundation are pleased to announce that we are offering two football camp offerings on May 3rd and May 6th at Nethercraigs Sports Complex.

John McNeil, Football Development Manager, has this to say:

“We’re really looking forward to running the May Day camps with the kids, all the players will work on various technical drills, such as passing, dribbling and shooting with a view to showcasing skills learned in a ‘Champions League’ tournament in the afternoon, we can’t wait to see you all on the pitch!”

These camps are opened to:

Boys – Ages:

  • 3-5 (09:00-12:00)
  • 6-12 (09:00-15:00)
 

Girls – Ages:

  • 6-12 (09:00-15:00)
 
 

Ages 3-5 are priced at £12.50 for a single day and £20 for both days.

Ages 6-12 are priced at £25 for a single day and £40 for both days.

An early drop is available from 08:15 for £1.50.

If you would like to sign-up or know more, please email the foundation: foundation.football@queensparkfc.co.uk

Queen’s Park FC Women – Win SPWFL2

 

Queen’s Park secured promotion to the Scottish Power Women’s Premier League 2 with an impressive victory over Stirling University. 

This achievement, marked by standout performances and decisions by Manager Craig Joyce, culminated in a well-deserved championship title for The Spiders. 

The Foundation’s Community Teams, including young fans like Logan, Keira, Chloe, and Thomas, joined in the celebratory atmosphere. Congratulations again to the Spiders, Joycey, his staff, and the passionate fans for this remarkable accomplishment!

City of Glasgow College - Careers Fair

Volunteer with the Foundation!

Queen’s Park FC Foundation had the privilege of being invited to a Careers Fair at the City of Glasgow College on the 25th of April. 

Along with holding a stall at the event, our General Manager, Chris Priestley, along with our Community Development Manager, Jade West, had the honour of preparing a presentation for the event. 

 Jade West, Community Development Manager, had this to say about the event: 

“It was great to be out spreading the story and mission of QPFCF at the City of Glasgow College’s Careers Fair, where we hosted a stall, and ran a half hour workshop. 

Our message was clear that the Foundation offers a wide range of opportunities and ways to utilise transferrable skills for careers in football that go beyond normal expectations when we think of football careers, which many of the students found inspiring and thought-provoking.


This was a successful event for all involved as the Foundation has benefitted from new sign-ups for Volunteering across all of our work streams. Students will get a chance to build on their experiences and practice with us in their areas of interest, and we look forward to welcoming them on-board at the Foundation”

Interested in volunteering with the Foundation?

We are looking for volunteers who share the same passion for helping the community as the Foundation. 

We have volunteer positions open in multiple departments: 

  •  After-Schools Education Programme
  • Community Matchday Experience Programme
  • Community Football Assistant Coaching
  • Media Officer
  • Lifelong Learning & Employability Programme
  • One-Pot Cooking Class
 
If you would like to register interest in any of these programmes or perhapds one that has not been named above, please fill in this application form here.

Foundation Departures

The Foundation extends its warmest wishes to Gregor Stewart, a tireless and passionate team member, as he takes a new path in his career. 

Gregor began his journey with us as a coach within the Foundation’s community team setup. With his exceptional interpersonal skills and lovable personality, Gregor quickly transitioned to a broader role, working in local schools to inspire and support pupils both on and off the pitch. His dedication to creating growth through football has had a profound impact on the youngsters he worked with. 

As Gregor departs, he will be greatly missed by all he worked with, not to mention the countless young people who gained confidence and skills through his work. We are excited to see him achieve his dreams and make a positive impact in his new role.

The Foundation also bids a heartfelt farewell to Charlie Bennett, our former Executive Director and one of our longest-serving and exemplary members. Charlie brought with him a wealth of experience and skill from his time at both Hibernian FC Community Foundation and Motherwell FC Community Trust.

During his tenure, Charlie played a pivotal role in shaping the Foundation into the organisation that it is today. His leadership, dedication, and passion have left an indelible mark throughout our community. As he embarks on his well-deserved retirement, we extend our best wishes to Charlie for this new chapter in his life. His contributions will fondly be remembered.