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ABOUT US

Reading Football Community Trust represents Reading FC within the local and surrounding communities, acting as an extension of the club to engage with local people and make a genuine impact on their lives.

The Trust’s motto is 'Care, Develop, Educate' – neatly encapsulating the aims of our work in the local and surrounding communities, highlighting the advantages of young people leading healthy, active and socially inclusive lifestyles.

The club’s main engagement tool is through football, however the Trust delivers a wide range of activities through its five main pillars of activities.

To find out how you can get more involved with the trust, call 0118 9072157 or email community@readingfc.co.uk.

Reading Football Club’s Community Trust is responsible for thousands of children participating in grassroots football, both in and out of school curriculum time, bringing the professional game closer to the community.

The Club believes that young children in particular should benefit from the positive influence the power of football can deliver.

In January 2009, the Community Trust received charity status and formally succeeded the Club’s former ‘Football in the Community’ scheme. The Trust has 15 full time members of coaching staff plus 2 full-time and 3 part-time administrators and more than 60 part-time coaches. Every coach is fully UEFA-qualified, First Aid-trained and holds a current Disclosure and Barring Services Check.

The aims of the Reading FC Community Trust are expressed through the motto, ‘Care, Develop, Educate’, along with a mission statement that asserts:

Reading FC Community Trust Pledges

To young people...

  • To create a positive learning environment
  • To enhance development
  • Providing football development opportunities at all levels of the game
  • To promote role models
  • To develop understanding of and within the game
  • Help build confidence, self-esteem and promote personal development
  • Improve individual performances
  • Encourage healthier lifestyles throughout the community
  • To create and maintain stronger links between local community and the football club
  • To promote and develop a wide range of facilities
  • Help to support safer, stronger and more secure communities
  • By using football as a vehicle we will educate our local communities
  • To support volunteering and provide employment opportunities
  • To increase participation in football and active recreation
  • To provide wider community usage of the club
  • To support the development of individuals and groups regardless of their race, culture, religion, gender, ability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or social status

To those existing and potential partners...

  • To bring together traditional and non-traditional football activities and environments
  • To help identify pathways leading to additional training, volunteering and career opportunities
  • To inspire innovate football and opportunities
  • To promote, enhance and develop food working relationships
  • To provide a professional and positive working environment

How the Community Trust was founded

Community Trust nationally began in 1992 with the main objective being to recycle ex-professionals back into the game by delivering coaching sessions out in the community. The scheme was called 'Football in the Community', and the national initiative was governed by the PFA rather than the football clubs, with most of the 92 clubs taking up the offer.

Why the Community Trust was formed

Football in the Community was a national initiative and broken up into regional areas throughout the country with Reading being in the South West area along with Southampton, Bournemouth, Exeter, Torquay, Swindon, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford, Hereford and Cheltenham – with each area being assigned a regional manager from the PFA to sit on club forum meetings.

The initiative was set up to get ex-players back in to work through football and in the south west we had, Tommy Hutchinson at Bristol City, Peter Rose Brown at Oxford United and Richard Hill at Reading.

The Community Trust today

The Community Trust exists to help and increase participation levels within young people in the local and surrounding communities of Reading, using football and sport as the main engagement tool.

As the Community arm of the football club, we help to promote the club by delivering activities to develop and educate people around either local or national issues – obesity, drug awareness, sexual health, alcohol abuse, racism, anti-social behaviour, truancy etc.

We are also a recruitment arm of the football club's Academy, increasing participation levels in football and sport to both male and female participants by offering elite programmes in football through the Academy or our college programme, with the ultimate goal of becoming a professional player at the football club.

Dave Evans

Community Trust Manager | devans@readingfc.co.uk
A licensed football coach, FA module 1, 2 and 3 coach – Coach educator delivering FA Level 1 courses
Degree in Sports Management; Community Trust Manager for 16 years – 13 years at Wycombe Wanderers 3 years at current role

Dave overlooks all aspects of the Trust working alongside heads of projects and departments in delivering activities/projects and schemes of work around the 5 main pillars of activities – Health, Social Inclusion/Community Cohesion, Sports Participation, Education and Recruitment.

Academy coach – Under 12s

Leigh Morgan

Activities Programme Officer | lmorgan@readingfc.co.uk
Leigh joined the Community Trust in 2013 as part time coach for both outfield and goalkeepers, coaching children at schools and training centres across Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxford before joining the Trust full time in 2015.

Leigh’s passion for football coaching developed when he was asked to help out after his son joined their local community football club and was required to undertake the FA Level 1 Coaching course. The course and response from the children fuelled his desire to learn and coach and he now holds several qualifications including FA Level 2, FA Level 2 Goalkeeping, FA Youth Modules 1, 2 & 3, FA Futsal Level 1, FA Level 1 Coaching Disabled Footballers and completed the 1st 4 Sport Level 2 in Multisport.

Chris Knott

Schools Coordinator | cknott@readingfc.co.uk
Chris began working with the Community Trust in 2012 as a football and goalkeeping coach before becoming Activities Officer in 2015.

Chris studied Sport Coaching and Development at Winchester University and has a wide range of qualifications including Level 2 in football, Level 2 Goalkeeping, Level 2 Multi-skills and is currently undertaking his UEFA B Goalkeeping.

Chris has a passion for working with children and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience and enjoy sport and develop their skills and confidence. He has over 8 years’ experience in teaching and school sport.

Other Qualifications include Team-Teach Training, Level 3 in Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport, Tennis Teacher training, Level 1 Basketball, Level 1 Swimming, Coaching the whole child: Positive development through sport and CTC ride manager.

Daniel Rook

Disability Officer | drook@readingfc.co.uk
Daniel joined the club in July 2013 in the role of My Ability Programme Manager in this role Daniel over sees the trusts disability programme.

Daniel comes with experience of working with disability having spent 10 years working in various roles within disability sport in Essex.

Daniel holds a NVQ level 4 in Management alongside FA level 1&2 and FA youth Modules 1&2 and is also Safe Guarding and FA Emergency Aid Qualified.

Craig Peters

Assistant Disability Officer | cpeters@readingfc.co.uk

Craig began working with the Community Trust in 2013 as a part-time coach, delivering football sessions across the Activities programme and gained experience coaching on the MyAbility Programme before becoming the Assistant Disability Officer in 2014.

In 2015, started managing the Reading Deaf Team.

Craig has a passion for football coaching, after playing at a local grassroots club and has a desire making a positive difference giving people the opportunity to become more active in sport.

Craig studied Sport Management at Bournemouth University and has a wide range of qualifications including: FA Level 1 & 2 Qualified – FA Module 1 & 2 – FA Safeguarding – FA Emergency Aid – FA Coaching Disabled Footballers – British Sign Language Level 1 – Level 3 Supporting Delivery of Physical Education & School Sports – Level 2 Multi-Sports.

Richard Witt

Social Inclusion Manager | rwitt@readingfc.co.uk
Richard has been working for the Reading FC Community trust for over 10 years and started out as a youth player for Reading FC, before playing for various other professional clubs across the country. He also represented the England Non-League side.

Richard became a full time coach for Reading Community Trust and the Social Inclusion Officer, delivering projects such as Sportive8 and the Kickz Programme for young people, which became extremely successful through the guidance of Richard and Gary Webb.

Richard is now the Social Inclusion Manager for the Community Trust – managing and running over 15 provisions for young people and reaching out to over 300 youngster a week across Reading.

Jay Gilbert

Community Cohesion Sport Development Officer | jgilbert@readingfc.co.uk
Started with the Community Trust as the Princes Trust Team leader working with 16-25 year olds, then became the Community Cohesion Officer for Reading FC, helping to bring communities together by developing young people and children in areas of need in the town.

Mark Edwards

Social Inclusion Officer | medwards@readingfc.co.uk
Mark has worked with young people for over 9 years in projects around social inclusion for in the local area of Reading; starting music projects, personal training as well as managing a local basketball team for 6 years. Mark joined our team Community Trust just under a year ago as our full time Social Inclusion Officer delivering the Sportiv8 programme, Kickz programmes and in school and referral schools sport programmes.

Paul Brown

Social Inclusion Officer | pbrown@readingfc.co.uk
Works on delivering free football sessions, known as ‘Kickz’, in Wokingham. Paul Brown is part of the Social Inclusion Team – supporting many projects around Social Inclusion for young people between 11 and 19 years of age.

Alex McSweeney

Princes Trust Team Leader | amcsweeney@readingfc.co.uk
Started out working in the Community Trust part time as a Community Coach in the Elite and Advanced Development Centres and is now working full time as our Prince’s Trust Team Leader for the team programme, working with 16-25 year olds.

Elaine New

Community Trust Office Manager | enew@readingfc.co.uk

Carol Moss

Admin Officer | cmoss@readingfc.co.uk

Gill Jacobs

Mascot/Birthday Party Co-ordinator | gjacob@readingfc.co.uk

Our community team work with partners locally and nationally to develop new and innovative projects that help and inspire the community in Reading.

We work with partners in the public, private, voluntary and community sectors to build strong relationships that meet our strategic goals nationally and regionally.

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If you would like more information about Reading Football Club’s Community Trust, or would just like to hear more about what we do, please contact us using the below details.

Address
Reading Football Club, Community Trust
Madejski Stadium
Reading
RG2 0FL

Email
community@readingfc.co.uk

Phone
0118 968 1460
0118 968 1480