It's not all speeches in the House of Commons...
MPs are usually associated with giving speeches in the House of Commons but the role is a multi-faceted one. Rupa recently found herself performing an unusual turn at the weekend when she went through the players’ tunnel onto the pitch at QPR before their match against Cardiff City to present certificates along with former player Andy Sinton. The certificates were presented to young people from Acton who had taken part in a community engagement scheme with the club in partnership with Catalyst Housing association. The young residents from the Friary Park Estate, off Horn Lane, took part in a week long scheme which included two trips to Oxygen Jump in Acton. Over 60 local young people, both male and female, aged between 5 and 15 took part over the five days.
Kowsar Abdi,Youth Engagement Practitioner at Catalyst, said, “Parents were extremely grateful for the half term project taking place and young people said they loved the week of activities they also said they tried new sports like fencing which they have never played before. QPR were also amazing at facilitating the project with a positive attitude throughout.”
Rupa said, “I’m delighted to be presenting certificates to those who have graduated from this great scheme that also teaches useful life-skills like team-work and discipline.” Following the certificate presentation, Kowsar and the children enjoyed watching the match. In a seat where large numbers of her constituents support Chelsea and Brentford as well as non-London teams, it might be dangerous to be seen at QPR but Rupa is happy to engage with anyone who will do things that benefit Ealing, Acton and Chiswick. Rupa said, “It was good to see QPR win too. Apparently I brought luck to the club – the original date I was offered to meet them but had to reject due to a diary clash, saw a heavy defeat!”