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.
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.”