Royals striker Noel Hunt paid a visit to Tilehurst Youth Club last week to lend his support to a street dance group, who performed on the Madejski Stadium pitch before the Norwich game.
The youngsters have been taking part in street dance sessions in conjunction with our Community Trust and Kickz, and Hunty was impressed with their moves when he dropped in on an evening class.
Reading Football Club have been heavily involved in a whole host of Kickz events for a long time now and continue to run the Premier League-backed projects every week within the local community. The vision of Kickz was always to “build safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young peoples' potential", getting to youngsters who have previously proven difficult to reach and guiding them towards a range of constructive activities.
One of Kickz's principal strengths is its partnership work, with central funding for 2010-13 coming from several different areas such as the Premier League’s pledge of £6m, the Metropolitan Police’s pledge of £3m and a contribution of £500,000 from the volunteering charity 'v'.
Other national partners making significant contributions include The Football Foundation, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, The Department for Education, The Home Office, v and The Brit Trust.
Hunty clearly enjoyed his visit, tweeting “Had a great time with the Kickz guys in Tilehurst tonight!! Looking forward to see ye all on Saturday!!!”
The Royals foreward videoed the rehearsal on his phone, had photos with all the youngsters and signed squad photographs before wishing them luck.