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Queen's Park Rangers have been recognised for their efforts both on and off the pitch after being named the FA Women's Premier League's (FAWPL) Respect Club of the Month for January.
It follows the R's far-reaching work to actively promote respect, from pre-match handshakes and good discipline to supporting the Rainbow Laces initiative, Football Remembers and February's Football v Homophobia campaign.
Rangers become just the third side to win the award, following in the footsteps of Charlton Athletic (November) and Nottingham Forest (December).
"I'm proud QPR Ladies has been recognised for the award," QPR Ladies manager Martino Chevannes told www.qprlfc.co.uk. "Credit has to go not only to the staff and players, but the whole football club for the support and involvement that's put into all of our off-field initiatives.
"Campaigns such as Rainbow Laces and Football v Homophobia make a big difference and show that women's football is open and inclusive for all.
"The FA Women's Premier League can be proud of how all the clubs promote the game and respect."
Philip Beard, QPR Chief Executive Officer, added: "We're delighted to see QPR Ladies win such a prestigious award from the FA Women's Premier League.
"As a club, we're constantly striving to break down barriers and QPR Ladies continue to play a key role in helping us support several campaigns on and off the pitch.
"This award is testament to the work the club is doing in all aspects of the game."
Rangers led the way earlier in the season, joining forces with Stonewall, the Gay Football Supporters Network and Paddy Power, to address homophobia in football for the Rainbow Laces campaign. Striker Lauren May led the Ladies' support alongside Joey Barton for the campaign which saw May and co lace up for the following weekend's trip to Cambridge in the FAWPL Cup.
More recently, Rangers commemorated the centenary of one of the most iconic moments of the First World War - the 1914 Christmas Truce - as part of a week of remembrance activity. The R's lined-up with Tottenham Hotspur during 'Football Remembers Week' in December to pay their respects.
Meanwhile, February will see the club throw their weight behind another international campaign to combat homophobia. The campaign, entitled 'Football v Homophobia' aims to unite fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the football authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) people in football.
Rangers showed their support last season by wearing t-shirts and will follow suit for Sunday's re-arranged Capital Women's Senior Cup quarter final with KIKK United.
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