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In Profile: Leah Beale

11 June 2013

Youngster helped by RFC Community Trust

Young Leah Beale is a shining example of how the Reading FC Community Trust have improved the lives of young people in the local area.

Before getting involved in the Trust's Kickz scheme, Leah had a tough time at school and was expelled twice for poor behaviour in class.

Leah moved to the Reading YMCA after her behaviour caused relationships with her parents to deteriorate, and become homeless - sleeping at her friends' houses or wherever she could.

But the teenager has now been part of the Kickz scheme for almost three years, and has turned her life around. Leah is now a Kickz ambassador, got involved with the Prince's Trust Team programme and has enrolled on several projects - including a one-year Hair and Beauty NVQ at Reading College.

She was named the 2012 Pride of Reading Young Person award, presented to her by Chris Tarrant, and most recently was named Premier League Kickz 2012 Inspiring Female person award winner.

Earlier this year, Leah was keen to pay tribute to the club and the Trust. "They been very important," she said. "They've helped me through every step of the way. Gary (Webb) and Jay (Gilbert) were great and really helped me boost my confidence."

Leah recently spoken to the crowd at the Community showcase evening about how the Trust helped to turn her life around. Click here to read more from that evening.

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