Basingstoke Town Football Club are pleased to announce a partnership with the Queens Park Rangers Academy & Trust Partner Club Project. The partnership will be in place for the 2016/17 season and will see the non-league club registering with the QPR FC Club/Link Organisation Scheme. The arrangement was agreed last week and will see Basingstoke Town become an official partner club. The partnership will enable Basingstoke Town, along with other Scheme partner clubs; participate in a number of initiatives such as football festivals and match-day packages.
Off the field, and when available, Partner Clubs will have visits from QPR coaching staff and there will also be a coach education programme put in place. The community set up is an important area also and there have been discussions of prizes including tickets, donated by QPR for holiday camps and community projects. Adam Clark, the Manager of the Youth Department at Basingstoke Town, said; “This is great news for the football club.
The players and staff will see great reward from having such a partnership in place. The aim of the Junior Premier League set up that we have in place at the club is to provide experiences for the players that they will not normally get in grass roots football. As well as giving the players these great opportunities, the coaches of Basingstoke Town will also benefit from mentoring from the coaches from a category 2 academy. There are a lot of football centres in the area that run under certain clubs and it’s great that Basingstoke Town can now have a championship side working in partnership with them.
The partnership will see a recruitment drive in the area with ‘Talent ID’ days planned and a community project to involve as many players as possible. Adam commented, “These plans that are in place will be open to all players of Basingstoke and surrounding areas. It’s great that we will receive support in this from QPR and hopefully we will see some local players make the step up to academy football”.
Glenn Tuffin, Academy Foundation Phase Coordinator at Queens Park Rangers Academy, is delighted that the partnership has been established. He added, “I’m delighted to get a club like Basingstoke Town on board, they have a great set up and we are happy they believe in what we are doing at the QPR Academy. With the emphasis on home grown players ever present in modern day football it’s important for us to form these partnerships and support clubs like Basingstoke Town in producing local talent”.
Adam and Glenn will be meeting on a regular basis to ensure that the partnership will be utilised to its full potential. This will mean a bright future for everyone involved with Basingstoke Town, as there will be a clear pathway in place and the potential to join a championship football club.