The team running the Professional Footballers Associations (PFA) Union Learning Fund (ULF) Project recently held it’s forth Learner Centre Best Practise Day for partner clubs across the country to share ideas and experiences.
On the 1st November 2019, The PFA/ULF ‘Achievement Through Sport’ programme linked up with QPR in the Community Trust to facilitate its 4th Learner Centre Best Practise Day in West London at the newly renamed Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
The event bought together a number of partner clubs including Barnsley, Brighton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Watford, Portsmouth, Millwall, Bristol City, West Ham United, Brentford, Swindon Town, Southend United, Plymouth, Reading, Exeter, Jason Roberts Foundation and of course Queens Park Rangers.
There were also representatives from ULF funders Unionlearn (Yusuf Dadabhoy & Pauline Murphy) and one of London biggest recruiters, the London Ambulance Service (Bethan Norfur).
The day kicked-off with the PFA’s Riz Rehman, who was the brain-child behind the event, welcoming all club representatives and partners as well as giving an overview as to why the PFA/ULF programmes has facilitated the best practise days for the fourth year running.
Andy Evans, CEO of QPR in the Community Trust, gave an insight in the name change of the stadium from Loftus Road to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium and a brief overview on the work of QPR. QPR educational staff, led by Paul Mitchell, then kickstarted discussions and got everyone discussing challenges facing Community Trusts and Foundations.
Temisan Willams, Education Manager at the West Ham Foundation said:
This has been a fixture in the calendar which I have been eagerly anticipating since the start of the season.”
Considering the success of the last outing at Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and previously at Bristol City and Portsmouth, it is good to network with clubs across all four leagues and focus discussions on a key element that we can all relate to: Community."
Engagement and Education. QPR were great hosts and I left really enthused and made some useful new contacts, especially from the London Ambulance Service.”
Sarah McAdam from Albion in the Community added:
Days like these are worthwhile as they give clubs their opportunity to demonstrate good practice, reflect, as well as enhance what they currently deliver by learning from others.”
Unionlearn's Yusuf said:
I was delighted to have an opportunity to update the PFA project and its partners on all the latest offers from unionlearn, such as Apprenticeship Essentials and Career Kickstart.”
But more importantly the day was a chance to see how much PFA members and football clubs across the country are doing to support learning and skills in their communities and amongst their members, and how ULF funding is making a positive difference to lives through learning.”