Queens Park Rangers establishes Coaching Links with the Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Community

Queens Park Rangers Football Club have been running ‘Moving The Goalposts’, a project providing coaching opportunities for the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller community, since June 2006. The club’s inaugural development day at Loftus Road was attended by Kick It Out, who wanted to gain a closer insight into the work being done to integrate the Gypsy, Roma & Traveller (GRT) community in football.

Queens Park Rangers (the newly promoted Premier League side) have teamed up with Ealing’s Gypsy Roma and Traveller Achievement Service (GRTAS), in establishing valuable links to its local GRT community.

QPR held the development day to advise County Football Associations and fellow professional clubs on how to work more closely with the Traveller community.

Introducing the event, QPR’s Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Gareth Dixon, stressed the important role played by football in engaging the GRT community: “Football is a very powerful tool. It isn’t particularly accessible for the GRT community and we are trying to bridge that gap. The project is expanding rapidly and I believe this can be mirrored across the rest of the country.”

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