The Queen's Park FC Foundation Newsletter - 7th Edition

Hey folks! Queen’s Park FC Foundation is delighted to share some impressive infographics and updates across all our areas of activity: Community, Education, and Football. In this edition, we’re excited to share some of the stats and numbers from our Education team across the school year, a review of our May Day Football Camps, a special message from Alex Bannon, and much more! Stay tuned for inspiring stories and exciting developments!

Women’s Player of the Year Celebration Evening

On Sunday 12th May, Queen’s Park FC Women were presented with the SWPL2 trophy for winning the league, securing promotion to the top-flight.


The celebrations continued back over at The city Stadium with the Women’s Player of the Year Awards with Ellie Kane winning: Top Goalscorer, Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year, and Staff Player of the Year! A very impressive sweep from Ellie, joined by Emma Craig who was voted the Young Player of the Year.

Chris Priestley, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, was speaking at the celebratory evening:

“It was a special occasion, allowing everyone involved not just to celebrate the individual accomplishments of our players but most importantly recognise the outstanding collective achievement of the entire squad, coaches, and supporters in winning the title and securing promotion. It is a testament of the dedication, togetherness, and talent within the group!

On behalf of everyone at the Foundation, and Queen’s Park FC more broadly, I want to place on record our immense pride in the team’s success.

Ellie Kane’s phenomenal sweep of awards demonstrates her skill and hard work throughout the season.

Equally, Emma Craig’s recognition as Young Player of the Year highlights the promising future of our team.

Well done to the 2023/24 SWPL2 Champions, this success reflects the spirit and determination that drives Queen’s Park FC Women. Congratulations to everyone involved!”

May Day Football Camps

On the 3rd & 6th of May, Queen’s Park FC Foundation ran a holiday football camp at Nethercraigs Sports Complex. Over the course of the two days, we had over 50 young players attending over the two dates with many participants signing up for both days. The camps were ran by UEFA and SFA qualified coaches providing a fun and engaging experience for youngsters of all ages and stages to develop their skills, make new friends, and enjoy the day. The Foundation were delighted to be joined on the Friday by Suzanne Winters, experienced coach, 105 cap Scotland internationalist, and Foundation Education Coordinator, who was able to share her skills and experience with young players. Several attendee’s parents got in contact with us to let us know how their thoughts on the day:  

“The girls really enjoyed the fun activities at the camp, a great holiday activity for them. The opportunity to learn from Suzanne given what’s she achieved in the Women’s game was a fantastic bonus as well”

 

“My kids had great time at Queens Park’s camp in May. Both came home buzzing after  playing loads of matches and fun game. Coaches were brilliant. Great value for money. They’ll both be back next time!”

 

 “My daughter’s camp was really well attended and the girls got a visit from a former Scotland striker!”

 

“My son had a great day at the QP football camps. He really enjoyed the coaching and the mix of activities and small-sided matches, and he’s wanting to go back again in the summer”

  John McNeil, Football Development Manager, was in attendance in coaching duties at both session:    

“Our May Day camps were a great success, with over 50 young players, both boys and girls, joining us.

The camps offered numerous learning and development opportunities, with daily themes designed to enhance the players’ technical skills.

Each day culminated in a fun and encouraging tournament, allowing the players to showcase the skills they had developed.

The children had a fantastic time and worked very hard, as did the coaches, which was wonderful to see and be a part of.”

 

Keep an eye out for our next football camps which we aim to be running over the summer break and beyond!

 

One-Pot Cooking Programme - ‘In the Mixer

Through our commitment to helping reduce poverty and developing inclusive and dignified programmes that support members of our local community in need, the Foundation has obtained funding to deliver a one-pot cooking class that we call, ‘In the mixer’.

Phase 1 will support 10 local families facing food insecurity; providing a transformative, engaging, welcoming and friendly space to learn basic food hygiene, handling and preparation skills, with a key focus on affordable nutrition, and building life-long learning in the mix.

Cooking along in our ‘one-pots’ together with our community chef, families will gain the tools, knowledge and skills to help contribute to better overall health and well-being. Families will discover new, tasty, budget-friendly, and culturally/religiously accessible recipes, that the whole family can then go on to eat and enjoy together in the community kitchen with us, and at home going forward.

Our Community Development Manager, Jade West, who is leading on ‘In the mixer’ said:

“It’s chicken soup for the soul!

‘In the mixer’ is a chance for us to really get to know and understand more the needs of our community and opens doors for the Foundation to continue to play its role in helping to tackle local issues.


Food brings people together and I fully believe that this program will help people connect more to one another as a community, but also together as families in a new way, helping to tackle feelings of loneliness too.


The Foundation are committed to creating community spaces where people feel safe to learn and explore enticing and holistic approaches that we hope inspires and empowers people to feel able to take control of their own health and wellbeing and live healthier, happier lives. I look forward to how this program will develop and to see the benefits locally for the wonderful families that we’ll connect with.”

A message from Alex Bannon

 

We caught up with Alex Bannon from the Men’s first team, to ask for some top tips for our community players and youngsters who are looking to improve their game 🎯

 

If you would like to register interest in signing up to one of our Community Teams, just drop us a message at: foundation.football@queensparkfc.co.uk

Volunteer Infographic

Education Infographic

At the Foundation we love to celebrate our achievements, our programmes, and our volunteers. 

Encompassing three departments: Community Development, Football, and Education, we are delighted to announce that we have 21 volunteers working at the Foundation!

In total they have amassed over 1200 hours between them since the start of 2024, be it in the classroom delivering our inspiring programmes, on the pitch as coaching role models, or in the community providing informed and inspired help with our local programmes. 

Collaborating with over 15 organisations in the local community and beyond, delivering an amazing 169 sessions, not only helps the community but also our volunteers. 

Whilst at the Foundation, many of our volunteers have signed up for the Saltire Awards – a vehicle for celebrating the success of young volunteers. 

The Foundation would like to pay a special mention to: Michael, Arun, Delight, and Musa, who have all achieved a level of recognition from the Saltire Award scheme.


Musa, who has over 50 hours of volunteering with the Foundation would like to add:
 
“At our Playing for Success Programme, I first developed a passion of working with the Foundation. I have a passion for football and I like to be around football, Queen’s Park FC, and other people. 
 
I find it makes me happy and helps me to get rid of any stress that I may have. Being around the kids cheers me up and makes me happy. 
 
”Everyone at the Foundation are the best people to give advice and I am so grateful for them”
 
If you would like to volunteer with the Foundation, we would love to hear from you! 
 
Please register your interest here: Volunteer Registration

The Queen’s Park FC Foundation’s education department is dedicated to enhancing educational experiences through a variety of innovative programmes and activities. Our programmes in schools include UEFA Disney Playmakers, Inspiring Women In Sport, Working Memory and Football Heritage.

We also organise football days to support school sports days and health weeks, and our nurturing afterschool clubs are designed to raise academic attainment by integrating learning with play. These clubs provide a safe and stimulating environment where students can develop new skills and knowledge through interactive and enjoyable pedagogically based activities and energising sporting activities.

Our programmes are deeply embedded with the values of teamwork, resilience, inclusion, and achievement. We believe that these values are essential for personal and academic growth.

Our dedicated team actively engages learners in inclusive, differentiated activities from coding and memory techniques to football legacies and ball handling skills. These activities are designed to cater to diverse learning needs, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to participate and succeed.

Queen’s Park FC Foundation’s education department are committed to making a positive impact on young people’s lives, helping them to achieve their full potential both on and off the field.