Our Womens team are another key component of the Reading FC Community Trust - here's a round up of the latest news from our ladies...
Reading FC Women top scorer Fran Kirby
has been rewarded for her fantastic 2012/13 campaign by being named as Player of the Season - as well as receiving a call up to play for Great Britain in the World University Games in Russia.
Fran, who surpassed the 30-goal mark this season, will travel with the team to Kazan on 28th June 2013 to compete in the games. The striker has also been selected for an England under-23s Camp, this will tie in with her training before she goes to Russia. This will take place between 21st June - 27th June.
Director of Women's and Girls Football Kelly Chambers said, "This is a massive achievement for Fran, and I am very proud of her. She has had a very successful season this year with us and this truly shows what a great player Fran is and has become. Everyone at us wishes her the best of luck in the games and I know she will and great impact on the team as she has done for us this season."
The women recently held their annual presentation night at the Hilton Hotel in Reading, which saw the Girls Academy, female scholarship programme and the women's senior teams come together to celebrate what has been a fantastic season.
This season was a real milestone for the ladies as they were granted to play in the FA Women's Super League 2 from 2014.
The first team also won the FA Premier League Southern Division
by eight points and a whopping goal difference of 41, while both the first and reserve team managed to retain the County Cup.
Kirby certainly deserved her recognition as, despite missing three months of the season because of a fractured leg, she was far and away the top scorer the club - and also across all the Premier League divisions. Meanwhile, Harriet Scott was awarded the Players' Player of the season.
The club’s presentation night also encompassed the junior sides, including the under-17s, who won their league with a 100-per-cent record. Sarah Thompson and Jade Bradley picked up their team's award, the under-15 winners were Maddie Sawyer and Lily Stevens. Lauren Bell and Anaisa Harney claimed the under-13s accolades while Sophie Quirk and Lucy White took the under-11 honours.
Our Women also recently held a evening in which local girls could come along and work with some of the players. The night was a great success seeing over 40 girls turn out for the evening. Not only did the girls get to meet the players, but they also got coached by the players during the evening. Every girl got to work with all the players on different elements of the game. After all players got to work with all the girls, they had the opportunity to ask the players questions about them and their football before the night finished with the players giving out certificates, having photos with the league winners trophy and getting autographs signed.
Kelly Chambers, Director of Women's & Girls Football said, "This was a really successful night. The aim of the night was not just to showcase our players but for our players to start having an affect of local girls in the community that aspire to be where they are now. It was great to see my players working young female talent and sharing with footballing attributes and knowledge about the game, it truly was a real success."
Well done to all the women for their phenomenal achievements this year!
Click hereto read more on the women's double-winning season and their Super League status approval.