Queens Park Rangers in the Community Trust, London, UK and the Orlando Pirates F.C, Johannesburg, South Africa, are pleased to announce a unique Exchange Programme for 4 young people. The exchange program is supported by Acer and Microsoft. The competition aims to engage young people in a challenge exploring what modern day football clubs mean to communities and the impact of clubs on their local areas. The competition gives an opportunity to explore why football clubs still matter to communities today. The winners will be given a unique trip visiting the partner club in either the United Kingdom or South Africa. During the week long trip the young people will experience a range of cultural, sporting and educational activities that will cumulate in a once in a lifetime experience.
QPR in the Community Trust has a proven track record in working within the local community providing opportunities based on the main broad objectives of Health, Education, Social Inclusion and Participation, tackling National issues at a local level. The QPR Study Centre is a purpose built classroom located within the unique setting of the Loftus Road Stadium, London, UK. Since the centre’s opening in 1998 over 5000 local young people and adults have been engaged. In addition to the education programmes delivered from the Centre, QPR also offers a range of outreach education work.
The Orlando Pirates Learning Centre was opened in October 2012 in Soweto, South Africa. The centre focusses on curriculum-aligned activities in Maths, ICT and English while providing learners with an opportunity to become computer literate and familiarise themselves with the latest technological innovations to prepare themselves for the work environment. The centre, situated at the club’s home ground, Orlando Stadium, has two hi-tech classrooms with Acer equipment boasting revolutionary software to help learners achieve their targets and become confident, contributing members of society.
To be in with a chance to be selected for this once in a lifetime exchange we are asking young people to explain why football clubs matter to the community. This question challenges what modern day football clubs mean to communities and links to the work that both QPR and the Orlando Pirates do in their local areas. The competition gives an opportunity to explore why football clubs still matter to communities today. This may be for a number of reasons, spanning:
The competition is open to young people aged 12–14 yrs. and entries can be made in the following formats:
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges who’s decision is final. All entries need to be submitted via email to Jessef@qpr.co.uk for UK students, and to Jude@orlandopiratesfc.co.za for SA students.
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The Orlando Pirates Learning Centre (Soweto, South Africa) supported by Acer for Education has been assisting and improving on the numeracy and literacy skills of children living in and around the Orlando area since October 2012. The Orlando Pirates Learning Centre was fully equipped with products from the current Acer product portfolio along with fully interactive whiteboards and internet access. This offers invaluable training on various technology hardware and software which will prove essential when the students enter the workforce one day.