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QPR boss Harry Redknapp has magic touch with 'other team'

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has magic touch with 'other team' QPR boss Harry Redknapp has magic touch with 'other team'

While Harry Redknapp may be heading to the Premier League with Queen's Park Rangers, his ability to get the best out of players has brought success to his 'other team'.

The former Bournemouth, Tottenham and West Ham manager took time out just before QPR's play-off success to meet with players from Bournemouth Community Housing Association (BCHA) FC to talk tactics and give them advice on how they could improve their game.

After meeting Harry the team had an unbeaten run of games, which saw them finish third in the league - resulting in their best season ever.

BCHA FC is a football team with a difference. Established in 2008 to provide a lifeline to many homeless and vulnerable people, it uses football as a tool to get people back in to positive activities and help people to develop as individuals, building their self-esteem and confidence.

Meeting Harry was a great experience for the BCHA FC players, they learned a lot and enjoyed the opportunity to share their life experiences, talking about how they had got through difficult times and found a way forward through the club, with one player even going on to represent England in the Homeless World Cup in Rio in 2010.

One player said: "I felt proud to share my story with Harry and to let him know how BCHA FC is much more than just football."

BCHA FC compete in the Unity League which was established to support people with mental health difficulties.

Dom Weir, one of the Managers of BCHA FC, commented: "We can't thank Harry Redknapp enough for taking time out of his busy schedule and spending time with us to learn about BCHA FC, and pass on some great tips and advice to our players.

"His visit had such a positive effect on the team, there was a real buzz at training practice afterwards, where he had really helped to inspire and motivate the team and got the players thinking about how they could use his advice to improve their game. The results the team have achieved since Harry's pep talk show just how much of a positive impact he has
had on BCHA FC."

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