The Queen's Park FC Foundation Newsletter - 5th Edition

Hi folks! The Queen’s Park FC Foundation would like to share some exciting new updates covering all our departments: Community, Education, and Football. This edition is full of information about our Inspiring Women programme,updates on our Kiltwalk fundraiser, and new programmes coming up and much more!

ASDAN

Kiltwalk Update

 

Queen’s Park FC Foundation are delighted to be offering the ASDAN Short Football Course from April to September 2024. This course is open to all Scottish S3-S6 pupils who have an interest in football and are looking for an alternative qualification or pathway to college.

We would particularly love to hear from any pupils who have barriers to attending school as the inclusive delivery methods of this course can aid them to gain a valuable qualification and help them on the pathway to their future career. 

The course will be delivered by Suzanne Winters, a former international footballer with over 100 caps for Scotland. It will be 100% remote learning with 2 weekly tutorial sessions and coursework tasks to complete throughout the week.

Suzanne will be hosting an information session about the course, on Thursday 11 April at 5.30pm.

 

 

 

The QPFC Foundation is taking part in this year’s Kiltwalk, walking 14 miles from Clydebank to Balloch, to help raise funds so we can continue the inspiring work that we do. Launching just a few weeks ago, we have raised over £400 in donations so far, helping us to get that bit closer to our £1500 target.

Any donation, large or small, would be a massive help to us and would be greatly appreciated by all the staff, volunteers, and participants in our projects. The act of sharing a post on X (formally Twitter) or sharing one of our flyers goes along way in helping to spread our fundraising campaign far and wide. 

Laurie Ross Insurance are joining our Kiltwalk team and will be very kindly donating any funds that they raise through their own sponsorship, to the Foundation.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about our Kiltwalk, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at 

foundation.programmes.@queensparkfc.co.uk

 

 

Inspiring Women

Inspiring Women is a project run by the Foundation aimed at educating Scottish youngsters about Inspiring Women, all over the globe, from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and sports. Run by an incredibly Inspiring Woman, Suzanne Winters, who has over 100 international caps for the Scottish Women’s football team. Suzanne has worked with pupils from multiple schools in the local area delivering lessons and helping to inspire the next generation. 

Our Inspiring Women pilot programme culminated with a pupil summit at Hampden’s Scottish Football Museum. The iconic Rose Reilly joined Suzanne for a Q&A panel with pupils from King’s Park Primary School and Mount Florida Primary School. Pupils took part in a stadium tour, an active session in Hampden’s indoor training area, and engaging workshops, including Striking Herstories delivered by the Museum staff. 

The event was a huge success and Chris Priestley, General Manager of the QPFC Foundation, had this to say about the programme: 

 

The Foundation were delighted to work in partnership with the Scottish Football Museum, and the staff and students from two local primary schools, to celebrate and be inspired by International Women’s Day.

This event created space for reflection by all on the importance of not only celebrating successful women in sport and society, but also thinking critically of the work still to be done to dismantle barriers and injustices that women and girls must overcome on a daily basis.

We all must be actively inclusive to ensure equality. Historic and contemporary injustices maintain systems and structures that exclude, undermine, and disadvantage women. The learning from this programme ensures that the next generation has the tools to both be inspired by women, and work to be inspirational women themselves. Both boys and men have an important role as allies to support this vital mission.

Our thanks to Rose Reilly and Suzanne Winters for nurturing the dreams, courage, and confidence of all attendees. What a great day!

Spiders - Weaving Connections

We had 7 staff members attend an exciting reading day in collaboration with King’s Park Primary School, helping to read stories to multiple classes.

Weaving Connections is an exciting collaborative project between QPFC Foundation and King’s Park Primary School, which is supported by the Scottish Government School Library Improvement Fund.

The project aims to promote a love of reading, encourage a healthy lifestyle, and tackle racism. The much-loved programmes QPFC Foundation deliver are enriching and inspire learning both in and out of the classroom.

Through partnerships with authors, Totnosh family cooking lessons, and support from Show Racism the Red Card, Spiders@KPPS will promote a passion for literacy, sport and well-being within the school community. We are thrilled to be collaborating on this project unique project.

St Albert’s Primary School - Girl’s Trip

The Foundation invited St Albert’s Primary School, Girls’ Football team to Hampden. QPFCF provided challenges and workshops for the girls to take part in. They enjoyed a tour of the stadium and museum and were inspired by stories from Scottish Football history. Our ever-excellent Suzanne Winters was on hand to provide a bonus indoor football session which the girls loved, and we are sure learned lots from.
Mr Adams, St Alberts Primary School, enjoyed the day:

“It was such a positive day and experience for our girls. Getting to see other women break down barriers and see what woman in football have been through to allow our girls to play with freedom nowadays.
Suzanne was great with our girls giving them great insight into what she has been through to get to where she is today, being a great role model for all girls.
The girls can’t wait to go back for a game sometime. Such a great experience for everyone involved. Big thank you to Queen’s Park Foundation for having St Albert’s Girls football team along.”
reading day in collaboration with King’s Park Primary School, helping to read stories to multiple classes.

Community Teams - Update

The Foundation’s Community Football teams have successfully recruited 72 new players since the start of January. We would like to congratulate our assistant and head coaches, volunteers, and our Football Development Manager, John McNeil, in further bolstering the success of our community teams and instilling a sense of pride for parents, players, and staff. 
We currently have some space left for players to join our girls’ teams: U8’s and U12’s, and our boys’ teams: 2012/13/14/15s.
If you would like to find out more about our community teams or sign-up for a squad, please contact us at Foundation.Football@queensparkfc.co.uk
Additionally, the Foundation would like to announce that we have 1 position available for Head Coach within our setup, and 3 assistant coach roles available.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in applying for these positions, please contact us at Foundation.Football@queensparkfc.co.uk

QPFC Women v Gartcairn

On Sunday 31st of March, the Queen’s Park FC Women’s team played against Gartcairn Women’s FC at The city Stadium for the first time since redevelopment. A stunning 2-0 victory was in store for the Spiders, with our very own girls’ U8/10/12 players in attendance to cheer the team to victory! Players from all three squads took up match mascot duties, with some of our U12 girls helping the game run smoothly in their roles as ball attendants. Additional support from the stands by members of our boys’ teams was greatly appreciated.
We would like to share some of the kind comments we received from parents after the game:
 
“[The match was] great to see from the club, the team and the coaches”
 
“That was great today. Thanks to all the coaches!”
 
“Ailsa found it really inspirational meeting the team and loved playing on the big pitch. We’ll frame her signed photo for her bedroom wall”
 
“Thank you so much everyone for an amazing day!! The signed pic of the team an absolute highlight… Rosemary had a blast, will never forget it.”