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, the national initiative was governed by the PFA not the football clubs with most 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 with – Southampton, Bournemouth, Exeter, Torquay, Swindon, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford Hereford, Cheltenham – with each area being assigned a regional manager from the PFA to sit on club forum meetings. As mentioned before the initiative was set up to get ex-players back in to work through football and in the south west we had, Tommy Hutchinson, Bristol City, Peter Rose Brown, Oxford City, Richard Hill, Reading.
Facts about Reading FC Community Trust
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 clubs academy, increasing participation levels in football and sport to both male and female participants offering elite programmes in football through the academy or the college programme with the ultimate goal of becoming a professional player at the football club.