Community round up

Latest from around town

A round-up of plenty of recent activities in and around the Reading community – read up on what’s been going on!

Leigertwood visit
Royals midfielder Mikele Leigertwood took time out from his recovery from injury and visited local youngsters at the ‘Smiles Club’ at Tilehurst Youth Centre, where he signed items and posed for photos. Ledge played “Name the Reading player” with the youngsters as they looked at the team photo.

“The Smiles Provision is a target youth group for young people with various learning disabilities. The projects aim is to meet the needs of young people through personal and social development activities and to hence young people’s independence.”


Adkins at Reading College
Manager Nigel Adkins took a trip Reading College for their annual celebration night. The Royals boss took time to talk to a huge number of staff and students, some with special needs. Adkins presented each and every one of them with a certificate, posed for photos and signed autographs for one and all.


Show Racism The Red Card
Local youngsters listened to two interesting Show Racism The Red Card workshops at the Dome, and learned about the history of racism in football. Football Artist Colin Yates spoke on the history of racism while former player Paul Mortimer led a workshop. Then, ex-England striker Luther Blissett also took questions from the children.


Primary Schools visit
Local youngsters from Primary Schools in under-privileged areas played in a tournament at the Dome by Madejski Stadium. Afterwards, Kingsley paid a special visit and awarded all participants with a certificate!


Prince’s Trust
Don’t miss out on the 12-week personal development programme, starting on the 20th January 2014 at Madejski Stadium!

– Hours are 10-4pm Monday to Friday
– For 16-25 years old not in work or full time education.
– It does not effect benefits
– Includes a weeks residential work, team building activities and other outward bounds activities – for example, rock climbing and archery.
– Community project included: Involving planning, fund raising and doing something to give back to the community – for example, decorating a scout hut/ cleaning up a school garden.
– With our help, we find a work placement for young people to do for two weeks of the programme within an area they are interested in.
– By the end of the programme the young people will leave with an NVQ level 1 in Teamwork and Community work.
– Interested?! Contact Alex McSweeney on or visit for more info.



District Football Returns


06:13 21st November 2013

RFC Community Trust scheme

The Reading FC Community Trust unveiled a fantastic new scheme this week, as they begin to bring back district football!In years gone by stand out players across the county have first caught the eye playing for their ‘district’ – a team comprised of the best players from regionalised clusters of schools.


Sadly in recent times that tradition has become a rare occurrence across Reading – but this year the Royals are ensuring it makes a return.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the club helped large open trials for kids from schools across the town at our 3G astro turf, and over the next year will aim to continue to run training sessions for the Reading schools for various age groups – which will help build our district football squads.

As the scheme develops it is hoped that district squads can be built up in West Berkshire, Wokingham, Woodley & Early, Slough and Bracknell.


The Community Trust have been brilliantly backed by funding from the Premier League, as part of the organisation’s ‘School Sports’ initiative.

“This is a great chance for us to help improve football at grass roots level, which will also have a knock on effect at the elite level,” said Reading FC Community Trust Manager Dave Evans.

“We hope to encourage teachers to work alongside our coaches in delivering the training sessions, and mentor them in helping to deliver the project. If we can help improve competitive football within primary schools we will then hopefully start to improve the standard of young footballers within the Reading area, both boys and girls.”

Creating Chances


Your Big Break?


17:11 15th November 2013

JMA trials coming up

How would you like to gain an education and have the opportunity to play football in front of Reading FC scouts?The John Madejski Academy is putting on trials this Tuesday 19th November – giving players the chance to find a route into the professional game.

The Elite football studies course at John Madejski Academy offers bespoke educational packages to suit your academic ability. You will be able to study for A Levels or Vocational Qualifications whilst participating in one of the most successful football courses in the UK.
Exit routes include University football scholarships in the USA and UK, professional contacts at UK and European clubs and coaching opportunities.Click here to see more information. For further info and to book a place on the trials please contact Telephone: 0118 937 0200
19th November 2013: 5.45pm at John Madejski Academy

19th November & 14th January
6.30–8.30pm at John Madejski Academy


Hope & Pearce at Kicks


04:50 7th November 2013

Duo attend huge tournament

Last week, Madejski Stadium’s Indoor Training Dome held a huge Kickz tournament which saw more than 100 youngsters do battle.An under-15 group enjoyed their session in the morning before an under-19s group came together to take part in the tournament in the afternoon.

Royals centre-half Alex Pearce and midfielder Hope Akpan came along to the event in the afternoon, interacting with the local youngsters from the Reading community and watching some of the games, before signing autographs and posing for photos with one and all.

The Kickz sessions are designed to engage with young people that are hard to reach, and target the most disadvantaged areas of Reading with the aim of “creating safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young people.”

The tournament took place during half term to support the ‘Kick it Out’ campaign and educate young people on important modern day issues. All participants received goodies such as Kick It Out wristbands, Royals team photos and car stickers.

The Kickz statistics for South and West Reading for the last year demonstrate what exceptional work is being done by Reading Football Club’s Community Trust with young men and women who have previously been hard to reach.
Almost 600 young people took part in one of 436 sessions run as part of our Kickz initiatives last year, Almost 1,000 hours were spent with these young people, both male and female, and almost half of those people were aged between 16-19 years old – traditionally the hardest age group to engage with.

158 qualifications were achieved in total, with 175 young people volunteering in some capacity as part of the project. Many trips and visits were organised, such as the pictured trip to the London dungeons during the summer, and 22 young people performed either before or during half time at a Royals first team game, showcasing their different talents and improving their confidence in front of our home supporters. And all of the above was provided free of charge of course, evidence that Reading Football Club’s Community Trust continue to deliver an incredible service to the local community through Kickz.