In his ambassadorial role for our Community Trust, midfield maestro Hope Akpan visited one of the Trust’s youth clubs at the Coley Community Centre last Thursday, a club that runs every Thursday between 7pm – 9pm. He took part in a host of activities with the youngsters, playing FIFA on the Xbox before shooting some hoops and playing pool with the group, celebrating the club as a warm and safe environment for young people to visit. Hope signed autographs and posed for photos on the day – if you want to visit one of our Community Trust youth clubs, simply pop in and sign up on the day. Lots of youth clubs are running around the Reading area – for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUNTER CELEBRATES COMMUNITY CLUB
In his role as Education Ambassador for the Community Trust, Royals right-back Chris Gunter visited Shinfield Rangers FC for a special presentation earlier this month. Shinfield Rangers have been awarded ‘Community Club’ status from the FA – a fantastic achievement, celebrated not only by Chris but also the Mayor of Wokingham a fortnight ago. Chris met some of the young players who play for the club and signed a whole host of autographs, posing for photos with everyone who asked!
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Royals star Jem Karacan is auctioning two pairs of signed, matchworn boots – in an effort to raise funds for the Reading FC Deaf Team.
The 25-year-old wore both pairs of boots at the start of the 2013/14 season – with the Nike Tiempo footwear boasting a personalised number four on each heel.
Both auctions are set to end in the afternoon of Sunday 20th April, so get bidding – and good luck!
To view the listings click here.
As part of his ambassadorial role, Sean Morrison visited a Reading FC Community Trust Soccer School at Palmer Park Sports Stadium in Reading today.
He signed autographs and answered questions from the youngsters. One of them asked if he was friends with Lionel Messi!
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Chris visited members of the John Madejski Academy football team, as they took part in a Madejski Stadium Tour.
The tour took place as a result of the close links between the Football Club and the Academy. Aged between 16-18 the lads play for the elite JMA team, and several of the group were involved in the JMA U18 Schools Trophy winners in 2012.
Chris gave an insight into the hard work needed to become a professional footballer, and gave details on the sacrifices you need to make to succeed.
Everyone was involved in a group photo at the end of the Q&A, before departing on their tour of the stadium.
Hope Akpan – Community Trust Social Participation Ambassador
Hope visited a Prince’s Trust workshop this past week to meet youngsters who were taking their FA Level 1 coaching badges at the Indoor Training Centre.
The Community Trust has long and successful history of supporting the Prince’s Trust, with a large turnover of participants eventually moving on to become full and part time staff members at both the Community Trust and Football Club.
Hope was on hand to watch the youngsters take part in the coaching sessions that were run by their peers, and was impressed with the variety of drills on show.
The midfielder then took part in a question and answer session, giving the youngsters an insight into the world of a professional footballer, and was happy to give an insight into the training methods and tactical insights he has experienced throughout his playing caree
Jem recently visited a Deaf Friendly football coaching session in Woodley. The group, who will soon make up the official Reading Football Club deaf team, are training in the build-up to their first match at MK Dons in April.
Our Academy graduate watched the players take part in passing drills on the night and was very impressed with the standard in the training session, run in conjunction with Total communications.
The Royals midfielder then took part in a question and answer session with the participants, many of whom were keen Royals fans and delighted to see Jem at their training session! Following the question and answer, the group played a match with Jem watching on in awe from the sidelines.
Sean Morrison – Community Trust Sports Participation Ambassador
Sean visited an After School Club at Aldryngton School in Earley, as part of his and the Community Trust’s work towards increasing sports participation
The centre back was on hand to meet the excitable group when they finished school, and took part in a question and answer session. The group included a good number of Royals fans, who were delighted to meet Sean.
The pupils then took part in a series of matches with Sean looking on from the side-lines. Sean was impressed with the ability on show, and was able to give the youngsters a few pointers to help them improve their game.