Local schools take part in Premier League Primary Stars tournament

Local school teams were welcomed to Madejski Stadium to take part in a tournament earlier this week.

Reading FC Community Trust, in partnership with Wokingham Primary Schools FA, welcomed 300 year 5 and 6 children from the to take in a Primary Stars school football tournament to the Academy 4G pitch at the Madejski Stadium complex.

All 30 teams took part in group stages in the morning with the top eight across the groups going through to a knock out. The remaining teams who hadn’t advanced took part in mini leagues against other schools. All games were fiercely competitive and all teams showed great talent and game-play.

The final was between Winnersh Primary School A Team and Polehampton Junior School, with Polehampton coming out winners. Polehampton were presented with the cup by Reading FC Womens first teamers Molly Bartrip and Georgia Clifford.

Every child that took part in the tournament got given a free ticket to watch Reading FC take on Norwich City in the Championship on Saturday.

The tournament was put on as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme ran by the Community Trust, who host a number of tournaments throughout the academic year for schools in Berkshire and the surrounding areas.

For more information on how to get involved with the primary stars programme please contact cknott@readingfc.co.uk or https://plprimarystars.com/.

John Swift visits Reading FC Deaf team

Swift meets deaf team members to watch training and partake in Q&A…

Reading midfielder John Swift paid a visit to a Reading FC Deaf Team evening training session to watch the team put through their paces.

After training Swift took part in a question and answer session with the squad, who spoke to the former Chelsea man about his playing career and his time with the Royals so far. The players also chatted a bit to Swift about the team’s success in recent years and giving him a bit of background about their season.

The team have had a strong campaign thus far and are through to the final group stage of the South English Deaf League. The winners of the southern group will go on to play in the National Final, with the Royals having finished runners-up last season.

Reading FC Community Trust Assistant Disability Officer, Craig Peters, who works closely with the Deaf Team, was pleased with the way the evening went and thanked Swift for coming along to meet the team.

“Speaking on behalf of the team, I would like to thank John for giving up his time to come to Reading FC Deaf Team training,” said Peters.

“The players were excited to find out he was visiting and it was a good opportunity to ask him questions about his playing career and his journey so far with Reading FC.

“John was impressed to hear about the deaf team success so far and wished us the best of luck for the rest of the season,” Craig continued.

“The deaf team is one of many projects that the ‘My Ability Programme’ delivers at the Community Trust, and it is great to have other first team players making appearances to support our programme.”

 

Paul McShane receives PFA Community Champion Award

 

McShane’s work in the community is recognised after being names as the PFA Community Champion for 2016/17

Royals skipper Paul McShane has been awarded the PFA Community Champion award for his work in the local community during the course of season 2016/17. He was awarded the trophy by members of the Community Trust in front of a group of Special Educational Needs students from Berkshire College of Agriculture who he has previously met on several occasions and were understandably delighted for Paul.

As Disability Ambassador for the Reading FC Community Trust he has been very active in his support of the Special Educational Needs community in particular, and has attended several Community Trust run workshops, sports sessions and events this season.

Community Trust Manager Dave Evans said: “From my point of view working with kids with disabilities is where we need the most inspirational figures – who best to meet them than someone like Paul. When he comes up and talks to them or takes part, it makes their day, it makes their year! Having a player like Paul involved is huge for us!”

Discussing the motivations behind his decision to volunteer for the position of Disability Ambassador and his role so far, Paul said: “You recognise their faces from previous visits, they get to know you, it’s a special bond. It’s great to see how happy and joyful they are and that’s the motivation for me.”

PFA Director of Corporate Social Responsibility John Hudson added: “The PFA believes that players who make that extra effort and contribution during the season should be recognised for their support and involvement in the local community.

“This Award will hopefully raise awareness of the great contribution and importance many of our members attach to their roles off the pitch. We would like to offer our congratulations to Paul McShane”.

Sir John Madejski named Patron of Reading FC Community Trust

 

Sir John Madejski has been named as the first-ever Patron of Reading Football Club’s Community Trust.

Sir John, who spent more than two decades as Chairman of Reading FC and spearheaded the club’s move from Elm Park to the stadium which bears his name in 1998, today accepted the role of Patron and said he was “delighted” to be playing an active role in developing the club’s community roots.

The Patronage is in addition to his recently-confirmed role as Vice Chairman of the football club. Sir John was Chairman from 1990-2012 and has remained actively involved with the club since then. Now the Community Trust have turned to him to help lead their commitment to providing education and development programmes for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in Reading and the surrounding areas.

“We are very proud that Sir John has accepted this figurehead role and that the Trust can benefit from his significant position in the community. The drive, direction and enthusiasm he will bring to the Trust and our stakeholders is immeasurable,” said Andrew Reaney, Co-Chairman of the Community Trust.

Sir John accepted the role at Friday’s Trustees board meeting and was formally announced during half-time of Reading’s game against Bristol City on Saturday, before making the draw for the Golden Gamble lottery, which is one of the Community Trust’s fundraising initiatives.

“Community has been at the heart of everything I aimed to achieve during my tenure as Chairman of Reading Football Club” Sir John said, adding: “I am delighted, now as Patron of the Community Trust, to embrace another wonderful opportunity to champion the tremendous work so professionally and diligently undertaken by the Trust for the community within the town of Reading and beyond”.

Moore takes part in Q&A at Soccer School

Young Royals fans got a surprise at one of our Community Soccer Schools as defender Liam Moore made an appearance!

Liam was invited to The Piggott School, Wargrave, while one of the Royals’ Community Soccer Schools was in full swing over the summer holidays.

The youngsters had the chance to grill the Royals’ defender about all things Reading FC and his career so far in a question and answer session.

Moore, who recently signed a new four-year deal with the Royals, also stuck around to have photos taken with the kids and sign items for them on a memorable day at the Soccer School.

If you would like to find out more about our latest Soccer School dates for October half-term, take a look below!

October & December 2017 Soccer Schools

October 2017

The Dome Indoor Academy Training Centre
Madejski Stadium, RG2 0FL
£42 for 2 days (no individual days)
Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th October, 9am-3pm
6 to 14 years old

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The Goals Centre
Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, RG5 3EU
£55 for 4 days or £18 per day
Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th October, 10am-3pm
6 to 14 years old

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Henwick Worthy Playing Fields
Henwick Lane, Thatcham, RG18 3BN
£60 for 5 days or £18 per day
Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October, 10am-3pm
6 to 14 years old

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The Piggott School (Goalkeepers Session)
Twyford Road, RG10 8DS
£45 for 3 days or £18 per day
Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th October, 10am-3pm
6 to 14 years old

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Academy Sport Leisure Centre
Northumberland Avenue, RG2 8DF
£45 for 3 days or £18 per day
Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th October, 10am-3pm
6 to 14 years old

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The Goals Centre (Girls only)
Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, RG5 3EU
£42 for 3 days or £18 per day
Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th October, 10am-3pm
6 to 14 years old

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December 2017

The Dome Indoor Academy Training Centre
Madejski Stadium, RG2 0FL
£42 for 2 days (no individual days)
Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd December, 9am-3pm
6 to 14 years old

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The Goals Centre
Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, RG5 3EU
£45 for 3 days or £18 per day
Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th December, 10am-3pm
6 to 14 years old

Click here to book

The Goals Centre (Girls only)
Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, RG5 3EU
£42 for 3 days or £18 per day
Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th December, 10am-3pm
6 to 14 years old

Click here to book