Got all kitted up in my QPR gear and did a 14 hr day today by working in the QPR community trust which is a charitable and community group part of the business. Started the day with a session on nutrition for elite athletes delivered to the academy players followed by a player welfare session about careers after football.
Theres a team of 20 staff separate to the marketing, commercial and operations side and today I went out to a school for afternoon sports run by QPR. Basically imagine if the Broncos had a team branded group of teachers, disability carers, social workers etc.
Its all pretty interesting to think where this could go in Australia. I got to deliver some coaching clinics to high schoolers and remembered how hard it was teaching high schoolers in London.
I then went to a special school where I taught a few football classes to the most amazing down syndrome and paralyzed kids. One kid on asking my name said, ‘oh thats such a gay name, wanna be my friend?’ then gave me a hug, held my hand and we dribbled the ball. Hilarious but heartwarming stuff. Absolutely wrecked and need a berocca and a lie down.
They also have a kids fan area which is in the stadium and open on match days.
A pretty cool fan engagement experience.