Jake Cooper visits local grassroots team

Binfield FC - Jake Cooper

Royals centre half Jake Cooper called in to meet Binfield FC players taking part in a training session on Wednesday night.

Various age groups came together, ranging from U9s – U12s, to ask Jake Cooper questions about his life as a young professional and find out how he made the journey from playing for his local team to making his First Team debut earlier this season. Coops then took the time to pose for photos and sign autographs!

One of the teams’ age groups took part in a Reading FC matchday experience earlier this season. To find out how your team could take part, please contact 0118 968 1012 or email jpilsbury@readingfc.co.uk.

Reading FC Community Trust support the Get Berkshire Active Awards!

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.

Get Berkshire Active Awards

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:

Award Winner Local Authority  
Youth Award

Sponsored by Reading Football Team Community Trust

BOBI League Football- Reading YMCA Reading
Club/Team of the Year

Sponsored by Decathlon

Pinewood Gymnastics Club Wokingham
Coach of the Year

Sponsored by Developing Potential

Chris Donovan Slough
Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored by J A Wealth Management

Valerie Childs West Berks
Health Project of the Year

Sponsored by Macmillan

Sandhurst Health Walks Bracknell
Workplace of the Year

Sponsored by People Essentials

Promote PR RBWM
Lifetime Achievement

Sponsored by Health Diagnostics

Jonathan Dance Reading
Junior Sports Personality of the Year

Sponsored by Berkshire Schools Leadership Forum

Annabel Chaffey West Berks
Sports Personality of the Year

Sponsored by TechnoGym

Lucie Colebeck Wokingham

12 weeks in India for Royals coaches Read

Blog on time in Arunachal Pradesh

Two coaches from Reading FC are currently out in India, as the club continues to provide support to one of the up and coming nations of world football.

The Royals coaches from our Community Trust, Keith Greene and Jamie Carr, are lending their expertise for an initial period of six months in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, which is one of the seven states making up the Northeast region and borders the Indian states of Assam and Nagaland and is rated by Lonely Planet as one of the World’s top ten holiday destinations.

Keith and Jamie recently got in touch with the club, to keep us up-to-date with their time out in India…

India has been a huge culture shock to us since we arrived in Delhi. From the chaotic traffic to the relentless heat, it has been a fun and challenging few weeks while adapting to the Indian way of life.

We first arrived in Arunachal Pradesh, which is located in the North Eastern tip of India two weeks ago. This would be our home for the next six months while we coach the local Indian children the Reading way.

Arunachal Pradesh is a rural state in India, Itanagar being the capital city, and this is where we would base ourselves for the majority of our stay in India. Itanagar is very different to what we are both used to in Ireland and the UK. I’ll give you an example; the roads are not what we are accustomed to in the western world, here the roads are poorly developed with tarmac being a scarce luxury in the local area.

The people from North East India are known for their keen interest in football, dominating all other sports including cricket. Although very different, we have both settled in to the local cultures and traditions well, and in particular we have found the people of Arunachal Pradesh to be extremely welcoming towards us.

Our role here is to further cement Reading Football Club’s already-strong relationship with the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association and Government. We are coaching children of all ages in the local community, whilst following the Reading FC Academy structure. With the U17 World Cup being held here in India in 2017, we are hoping to develop children from the local area to give them the best possible chance of representing India in the 2017 World Cup.

We began coaching here at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy. Although the facilities and pitch available to us are not what you would expect in the UK, the players here are accustomed to sandy pitches and have adapted the way they play football to suit this surface. We have been coaching the U14 and U17 teams who have shown a great attitude towards learning and we are happy to say they are beginning to understand the way in which we coach and train players in Reading.

Our early time here has been extremely satisfying as we began to spread the Reading FC brand across Arunachal Pradesh, while embedding the clubs philosophy and ideas into the next generation of Indian footballers.

More recently, we have travelled to a different district to watch a game in a tournament, travelling Itanagar to Koyu. Although it has not been easy to get from A to B sometimes, our first 12 weeks in India have been an amazing experience and we look forward to more months ahead.

Keith Greene & Jamie Carr

Sean Morrison – Community Trust Sports Participation Ambassador



Sean Morrison visit Aldryngton School in Earley
Sean Morrison visit Aldryngton School in Earley

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.

Youth Club & Football Sessions

Activities for youngsters

Calling all young people – there are tons of fun activities and football sessions to get involved in thanks to Reading FC’s Community Trust!If you’re aged between 11 and 19 you can get involved in arts & craft, multi-sport, boxercise, football, educational workshops, table tennis, pool, music workshops, cooking and more.
SOUTHCOTE YOUTH CLUB: Monday; 7.00pm – 9.00pm& Thursday; 7.30pm – 9.30pm
SOUTH READING YOUTH CLUB : Monday ; 4.30pm – 6.30pm
FAIRVIEW YOUTH CLUB : Tuesday ; 7.00pm – 10.00
HEXHAM YOUTH CLUB : Tuesday; 7.00pm – 9.00pm
SOUTH READING YOUTH CLUB : Wednesday ; 7.00pm – 9.00pm
WHITLEY WOOD YOUTH CLUB : Wednesday ; 7.00pm – 9.00pm
COLEY YOUTH CLUB : Thursday ; 7.00pm – 9.00pm
SOUTH READING YOUTH CLUB (MUSIC PROJECT): Friday ; 7.00pm – 8.00pmcommunitySmall

WOODLEY GOALS CENTRE : Mondays ; 3.15pm-5pm
COLEY FLATS : Tuesdays ; 5.30pm – 7.30pm
DEE PARK (ranikhet astro) Tuesdays ; 4.00pm – 6.00pm
CHALFRONT COURTS LOWER EARLY : Wednesdays ; 6.00pm-8.00pm
FBC – FINCHAMPSTEAD WOKINGHAM : Thursdays ; 6.00pm-8.00pm
PROSPECT  PARK: Fridays ; 4.30pm – 6.30pm
PALMER PARK : Fridays ; 4.30pm – 6.30pm
ST CRISPINS WOKINGHAM : Fridays ; 6.00pm-8.00pm
JMA : Fridays ; 7.00pm – 10.00pm

If you are interested, please contact:

Richard Witt- Social Inclusion Manger- rwitt@readingfc.co.uk – 01189 072152
Jay Gilbert- Community Cohesion Sport development Officer- jgilbert@readingfc.co.uk – 01189 072153

Read more at http://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/article/youthclub-football-sessions-240913-1073366.aspx#0IPwyQIpq78jVCQr.99

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

Read more at http://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/article/district-football-returns-1187621.aspx#AdJEi3IUXx34rF1X.99

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 sarah.feast@johnmadejskiacademy.co.uk. 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

Read more at http://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/article/your-big-break-1177783.aspx#QclZ5E6SmMWOkYMU.99