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:
We can have a positive influence through football.
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