38 young people have been involved in this project many of were not in employment or education, or had a particular learning disability. Some of them have now gone on to find employment, education or training or get involved with other media projects.
All the young people on the project were given the opportunity to get involved with filmmaking, event planning, music production, public speaking and marketing, depending on their interests and the time they could commit.
Here area few of their stories:
‘QPR have always been my local team and I have learnt about the history and what makes it so crucial to the area as ‘the heartbeat of west London’. I would like to be a film maker and this experience has made me particularly interested in producing documentaries. I am so grateful and honoured to be involved with this project, I could not be doing anything better. I feel very lucky.’
‘I have very fond memories of Loftus Road and the team, I met amazing people, and looking back at it, I am sure that working for The Story of QPR project helped me to develop the skills and competencies required for the job I’m doing now’.
“I’ve learnt better techniques on how to conduct interviews and my editing and camera operating skills have improved. The project has given me more confidence. I’ve enjoyed being able to film on the pitch at Loftus Road, especially the play-off game against Wigan. It’s not often you get to walk alongside the players after they‘ve just secured a place at Wembley!”
‘I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people and filming the documentary, and I’ve learnt so much about organising film shoots, helping young people and more’.
“My highlights of the project have been learning how to use the HD cameras, and taking part in writing and filming interviews with some of the other members of the team.”
“My initial interest in getting involved was to extend my filmmaking experience through the Story of QPR. My ambition is to one day run my own film company.”
“It’s difficult to break into the industry so this was a great opportunity to gain some essential skills in researching, interviewing and filming.
I really enjoyed the interviewing process and having the oral history training; both of them helped me gain more confidence in what I was doing.”
“‘I’ve enjoyed working as a team, and understanding the research; what goes in to making a documentary”
“The great thing about this project is that it has given me first-hand experience in very journalistic things. Experience I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. Yes I’ve discovered how important various interviewing techniques are and yes I’ve realised just how critical research is to a documentary like this.”
“Being part of this project has been an insightful experience. I wanted to gain related experience within marketing which was my main reason for volunteering, along with having the opportunity to work within football, which is difficult to get hold of.”
“It has been a pleasure to meet new people who have the same interests I have. Everyone was helpful and I really felt supported. I feel that with this experience to add to my CV, I can show the skills needed for a media job”
“What I really love about being a volunteer of this project is discovering new information and learning about the different people who are part of the club and those who are involved with the project. It has inspired me to appreciate the significance of the club not only to its players but also to the fans”.