Cape Town - Orlando Pirates and and England's QPR have announced that they will be create a unique exchange programme.
Orlando Pirates statement on the venture:
Orlando Pirates Football Club and Queens Park Rangers (London), are pleased to announce a unique Exchange Programme for four young students, with the aim to engage them in a challenge exploring what modern day football clubs mean to communities and the impact of clubs on their local areas. The competition gives an opportunity to explore why football clubs still matter to communities today and the winners will be given a unique trip visiting the partner club in either the United Kingdom or South Africa.
During the week-long trip the young people will experience a range of cultural, sporting and educational activities that will culminate in a once in a lifetime experience.
The Orlando Pirates Learning Centre was opened in October 2012 and focusses on curriculum-aligned activities in Maths, ICT and English while providing learners with an opportunity to become computer literate and familiarise themselves with the latest technological innovations to prepare themselves for the work environment. The centre, situated at the club’s home ground, Orlando Stadium, has two hi-tech classrooms boasting the latest in software, courtesy of Microsoft, to help learners achieve their targets and become confident, contributing members of society.
QPR in the Community Trust has a proven track record in working within the local community providing opportunities based on the main broad objectives of Health, Education, Social Inclusion and Participation, tackling National issues at a local level. The QPR Study Centre is a purpose built classroom located within the unique setting of the Loftus Road Stadium in London. Since the centre’s opening in 1998 over 5000 local youngsters and adults have been assisted, and in addition to the education programmes delivered from the Centre, QPR also offers a range of outreach education work.
During the next 10 weeks, learners from QPR in London and from Orlando in Soweto will exchange ideas and complete activities together using technology and video calling facilities at each centre. Through these activities the students will get to know more about each other and each other’s country and culture particularly with regards to football. The 2 winners from each country will be selected in December 2015 with their trip to either South Africa or London booked for early 2016.