Basingstoke Town have announced a partnership agreement is in place with with SkyBet Championship side, Queens Park Rangers.
The partnership will be in place for the 2016/17 season and will see the non-league club regularly work with the Championship club.
The deal was agreed last week and it is now confirmed that Basingstoke Town is an official partner club.
A statement on the Basingstoke website confirmed the details of the partership.
“The partnership will see Basingstoke Town play QPR throughout the 2016/17 season in games of an exhibition nature and play in festivals together.
“Off the field Basingstoke will have visits from QPR coaching staff and there will also be a coach education programme put in place for the Basingstoke Town coaching team.
“The community set up is an important area also and there has 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 an exclusive 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 won’t normally get in grass roots football. As well as giving the players these great opportunities, the coaches will be able to work alongside coaches from a category 2 academy.
“There are a lot of football centre’s 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 also 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 area’s. 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, head of recruitment in the foundation phase (9-12 years old) at Queens Park Rangers is delighted that the partnership is finally agreed. 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 QPR. With the emphasis on home grown players ever present in modern day football it’s important for us to form these partnerships and help out clubs like Basingstoke Town in producing local talent.”
“Adam and Glenn will be meeting on a weekly basis to ensure that the partnership will be used to it’s 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”