New Dreams After Training Stint At QPR

Singapore , 31 Mar 2014

Shanthana Barthi with his parents after returning from QPR

A dream trip. An amazing experience. That’s exactly how Shanthana Barthi described his trip to the Queen's Park Rangers Youth Academy in London as he cleared the arrival gates of Terminal 1 at Changi Airport. Still in awe of the training stint he earned with QPR's Youth Academy, Barthi said, "I couldn't have asked for a better experience at this stage of my life where I need balance between school and sports. I've learned so much from coaches and players at the Youth Academy." 

QPR in the Community Trust CEO Andy Evans shared his views as he said “The Trust’s ethos is to inspire change and if we can do that by offering these boys the chance to spend a week in the hands of our Academy, learning all about life in and around Loftus Road, then that will be fantastic. Our trip to Asia was hugely successful; we met some incredible young people.” 

The trip also gave Barthi the chance to take in the sights of London, which he enjoyed thoroughly. However, the moment he will always hold close to his heart is the very moment he set foot into the majestic Wembley stadium. "It felt like a dream to be there at Wembley. I can only imagine how it would have been for players to walk out from here to a packed crowd." He also enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour at the national stadium, even getting his hands on the famous FA Cup trophy. Barthi together with seven other winners of the AirAsia-QPR coaching clinic also managed to catch two QPR matches at Loftus Road, their historic home ground. 

Just before leaving the airport with his parents, Barhti said “I am grateful to AirAsia and SportCares for making this happen. I hope to use the knowledge I picked up in west London at the Old Jurong stadium when Saturday Night Lights @ Jurong resumes. I also look forward to sharing my experiences with my teammates.”

We wish Barthi all the success and hope to see him shine not only on the pitch but outside of it as well.

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