The Queen's Park FC Foundation Newsletter - 8th Edition

Hey folks! Queen’s Park FC Foundation is excited to share news covering all our departments: Community, Education and Football. In this edition, we have news about a new Community Football squad kicking off, along with a new “signing” for our football department, the launch of a new initative from our Community development team, updates from Education teams recent events, and a World Cup tournament the Foundation was a part of! Stay tuned for inspiring stories and exciting developments!

Scottish Refugee World Cup 2024

Queen’s Park FC Foundation was proud to speak and sponsor Burnhill FC in the Refugee World Cup Scotland 2024, held at Toryglen Regional Football Centre on Sunday the 23rd of June.

The event which is run and supported by Glasgow Afghan United (GAU), was a massive success and one of the largest of its kind yet. Representing Scotland’s diverse communities the event was host to players from 50 different nations, providing the opportunity for everyone to play football regardless of personal circumstances including race, religion, nationality or sexual orientation.

The Scottish Government’s Minister for Equalities, Kaukab Stewart MSP, was in attendance, supporting the power of football to transform lives and bring communities together. 

Two of the Foundation’s most dedicated volunteers, Musa Sesay, and Delight Abutu, played in the Burnhill FC squad and loved every minute of it:

“The Refugee Scotland World Cup 2024 was an amazing tournament. I enjoyed everything about the tournament, being around a huge amount of people is really amazing, the emotion, joy and laughter was extremely good. Meeting old and new friends, refreshing memories, was joyful for me.”

– Musa Sesay, QPFCF Volunteer

Queen’s Park FC Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Chris Priestley, attended the event on behalf of the Foundation and had the honour of speaking at the tournament:

“I was so pleased to be involved in the Refugee Cup. With 24 teams from across the country it was nice to see friendships and mutual respect flourish alongside healthy sporting competition. The theme of World Refugee Day 2024 was solidarity and it was great to see players, coaches, refugees, community organisations, football clubs and foundations, and representatives of local and national political bodies join together to create such a positive environment, and memorable day. Congratulations to overall winners AfroScots, and a special mention to inclusive community football organisation Burnhill FC who competed on behalf of Queen’s Park FC Foundation!”

– Chris Priestley, QPFCF Chief Executive Officer

 

Graham Barclay Appointed as Senior Football Development Officer

Queen’s Park FC Foundation is hard at work enhancing our Community Football offering on and off the pitch. To this end, we are pleased to announce the recruitment of Graham Barclay as our new Senior Football Development Officer.

Graham brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our team. In his new role he will be assuming several key responsibilities. We are extremely confident that he will add great value to our programmes! In particular, given his extensive background in coach mentorship and nurturing emerging talent, he will be well placed to give direction and support to QPFCF’s Football Development Officer, Ross Maloney, as well as coaches and volunteers involved in our sessions.

John McNeil, head of Football Development at the Foundation, was involved in the recruitment process and had the following to say about adding Graham to the team:

“I am thrilled to welcome Graham to our team. His extensive experience and leadership skills will be invaluable as we continue to develop and enhance our football sessions.”

One-Pot Cooking Programme - ‘In the Mixer

Queen’s Park FC Foundation has introduced a new food initiative aimed at improving nutrition, mental health, and tackling food poverty in Glasgow’s Southside. The “In the Mixer” cooking class brings local families together to develop basic food hygiene, handling, and preparation skills over six weeks.

Participants will cook alongside a community chef, enjoy meals together, and benefit from the social aspects of the program. The initiative also includes youth club activities where young people learn, play and eat together.

To register or book a spot, email the Foundation at foundation.programmes@queensparkfc.co.uk

New Squad Launching August

Queen’s Park FC Foundation is delighted to announce a new Community Football Squad will be launching this August, a 2019s Boys squad. 

The squad will train on Wednesday and Friday (6PM-7PM) of each week, with games being played on Sunday’s, in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League (GADYFL). 

The Foundation is looking forward to welcoming new players to our club, helping develop their footballing abilities, improving skills on and off the pitch, and most importantly, having fun. 

To register interest in signing up or for more information, please contact us at: foundation.football@queensparkfc.co.uk

Health Day at Our Lady of Annunciation Primary School

On Thursday the 6th of June, Queen’s Park FC Foundation had the privilege of helping assist in the Health Week, at Our Lady of Annunciation Primary School.

QPFCF staff, Ross & Suzanne, helped deliver fun fitness sessions themed around football skills and training to the whole school.

Ross Maloney, Football Development Officer, shared his thoughts on the day:

“The health day at OLA Primary went really well, I enjoyed interacting with the kids and teachers who were all enthusiastic and energetic throughout the day

 Pupils of all ages and abilities took part and had a great time!”