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On February 23rd the Queens Park Rangers Community Trust helped launch the International partnership work between the English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), FIFPro (World Players’ Union) and Coaching for Hope, at the Arc Academy near to Wembley stadium in Londen.


QPR first team player Patrick Agyemang along with teenagers from the College were put through their paces by experienced Queens Park Rangers and Coaching for Hope coach, Dave Robinson, to raise awareness of the partnership work being undertaken both in the UK and in West and Southern Africa.


Coaching For Hope is an innovative programme which uses football to create better futures for the young people in Africa. They tap into the universal passion for football and organise coaching courses where professional coaches from the UK train local youth workers to recognised FA standards. At the same time, the local coaches learn how to deliver HIV/Aids awareness sessions to young people in their communities. Once the UK coaches leave, the programme staff provides ongoing support to the graduates. This means they can deliver Coaching for Hope sessions and develop training initiatives of their own.


The International partnership work with Coaching for Hope, which the Professional Footballers’ Association have been involved with since 2009 has now been embraced by the World Players Union, FIFPro, who are looking to expand and develop their own Corporate Social Responsibilities programme.


Tony Higgins, FIFPro representative
‘FIFPro see the partnership with Coaching for Hope as an ideal platform to develop and expand our work in Corporate social responsibility. Having witnessed the work done by the charity in Southern Africa we are confident we can develop the relationship between our member unions in Africa and Coaching for Hope using football to effect change.’


John Hudson, PFA Director of Community

‘The PFA are delighted to continue the fantastic work and partnership with Coaching for Hope. Our work in South Africa has been fully embraced by the union as we continue to expand our International good causes programmes. FIFPro will only enhance this work on the International stage by using players and unions from South Africa and beyond to help change the lives of those less fortunate.’  


Jane Carter, Director Coaching for Hope
‘Coaching for Hope is delighted to be making our partnership with The PFA and FIFPro official. Since it’s inception Coaching for Hope have been striving to find the best partners possible to make our work as effective and as beneficial as possible for the people we work with. I’m certain that this  superb balance of sports organisations working for one goal will be one of real quality, Let the work begin!’


Andy Evans, spokesperson Queens Park Rangers

‘QPR in the Community Trust is committed to Improving the quality of life for individuals and neighbourhoods both here in London and further afield in terms of our International Development work. To be working in partnership with The PFA, FIFPro, Coaching for Hope and the Ark Academy is indeed an honour and together we will continue to identify and address the needs of the most marginalised communities in the world.’