Former Reading striker Dave Kitson and current Royal Ryan Edwards both took time to attend the Community Trust’s Careers Day at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday.
Hosted in the Royals Suite by Community Cohesion Officer Jay Gilbert and attended by students from the John Madejski Academy, the day focused around promoting career opportunities within football and employability skills.
Along with Kitson and Edwards, Sky Sports presenter Amy Lewis also spoke to the students about her path into the sports media industry and, afterwards, members of Reading’s staff from various departments answered questions about their routes into their respective jobs.
The Professional Football Association and Union Learning Fund provided the funding for the event, with the day being deemed a great success by everyone involved.
Riz Rehman, a PFA and ULF project worker, said: “Reading Football Club put on a great event and had a number of local partners present. It was pleasing to see Dave Kitson spend the whole day talking to young people about his own footballing journey and passing on advice.
“Dave had a very unconventional route into the game which many of the young people present can relate to. It was clear to see that Dave is very enthusiastic about Reading’s Community Trust programme and was actively encouraging the young people to open their minds and lend their time to community programmes.”
The PFA added: “The PFA and Unionlearn ‘Achievement Through Sport’ project works closely with football clubs and their Community Trusts to assist them in promoting the learning agenda to the wider community, including certain disadvantaged or ‘hard-to-reach’ people in society such as those facing redundancy, the digitally excluded and the elderly.
“The ULF supports union learning projects to transform the lives of their members in developing skills, achieving qualifications and promoting lifelong learning opportunities within the workplace.”
Get Berkshire Active Awards
Berkshire’s sporting heroes were honoured at Get Berkshire Active’s annual Inspiration & Participation Awards ceremony held on Friday 6th February at the Blue Mountain Golf & Conference Centre, Binfield. The awards ceremony, which was hosted by BBC Radio Berkshire’s Tim Dellor, recognised the contribution local people have made to inspiring others to take up physical activity, as well as individual and team excellence in sport.
Over 250 people including 30 nominees and winners were joined by a host of Special Guests, including Katherine Copeland GB Olympic Gold Medallist (rowing), Sophie Christiansen GB Paralympic Gold Medallist (equestrian), Jack Rutter Captain of England’s Cerebral Palsy Football Team and Lesley Owusu former GB 200m/400m runner. The Mayors of Bracknell Forest, RBWM, Slough and Wokingham were also on hand to present the awards to the winners.
Reading FC Community Trust were the proud sponsors of the Youth Award. Dave Evans presented the award to this year’s winners, Reading YMCA – BOBI League Football.
Key facts on Reading YMCA – BOBI League Football:
- Reading YMCA work with young people who are vulnerable, homeless and are often coming from broken families and may experience relationship issues or substance misuse.
- The BOBI League project gives them the chance to include both ex and current residents.
- So far this year Reading YMCA have had a squad of 25 young men that have played and trained with them.
- The YMCA have seen an impressive improvement in these young people and, prior to this league being set up, they would not have seen many young people returning to take part in training or matches
The full list of winners:
Sponsored by Reading Football Team Community Trust
|BOBI League Football- Reading YMCA
|Club/Team of the Year
Sponsored by Decathlon
|Pinewood Gymnastics Club
|Coach of the Year
Sponsored by Developing Potential
|Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by J A Wealth Management
|Health Project of the Year
Sponsored by Macmillan
|Sandhurst Health Walks
|Workplace of the Year
Sponsored by People Essentials
Sponsored by Health Diagnostics
|Junior Sports Personality of the Year
Sponsored by Berkshire Schools Leadership Forum
|Sports Personality of the Year
Sponsored by TechnoGym