Train as a football coach with QPR

Published: 21 December 2015

Young people in Wandsworth are being offered the chance to get a football coaching qualification in a free course being offered by Queen’s Park Rangers FC.

The top west London club is working with the Prince’s Trust charity and 4Children, which provides youth services in the borough on behalf of Wandsworth Council.

The one-week course is targeted at young people aged 16-19 (or disabled young people aged 16-25) who live in the borough of Wandsworth and are not currently in employment, education and training.

Participants will:

  • Gain an FA Level 1 coaching qualification
  • Gain emergency first aid and safeguarding qualifications
  • Get the opportunity to work with Queens Park Rangers Football Club
  • Meet new people and improve communication and teamwork skills
  • Have access to ‘Get Hired’ employability days with live vacancies, apprenticeships and other opportunities.
  • Receive up to three months progression support with The Prince’s Trust to help find further work or training.

The council’s spokesman for education and young people, Cllr Kathy Tracey, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to train with a top football team and gain experience and qualifications that will help them make their way in the world of work.”

Gareth Dixon, Community Development Manager at QPR said: “The partnership between QPR in the Community Trust, 4 Children and The Prince’s Trust offers young Wandsworth residents an excellent opportunity to start their journey in the growth industry of coaching and sports development. We are extremely pleased to facilitate the Get Started with Football programme. It has been a massive success for young people in the past and we feel this course can carry on that trend”.

The programme will be based at the Training and Resource Centre, Alma Road, Wandsworth.  Transport costs and lunch will be provided.

Register your interest by calling 0800 842 842 or texting ‘Call Me’ to 07983 385 418.

For more information please email

A taster day will be held on February 9 and the course will be from Monday February 15 to Friday February 19, 2016.