Hunt and Ledge make visitsNoel Hunt and Mikele Leigertwood took time out earlier this week and made separate visits - both interacting with youngsters in the local area.
Midfielder Leigertwood made a trip to Emmbrook School in Wokingham, and chatted to over 100 Year 9 pupils about his life as a professional footballer before answering questions put to him by the excited youngsters.
Ledge spent a lot of time with them; signing items, posing for photos and showcasing his skills with a football - much to the delight of the youngsters!
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Meanwhile, Noel Hunt took paid a visit to a Prince's Trust group earlier this week. The group are taking part in a week long football coaching course, called Get started With Football, at Madejski Stadium. The course aims to get young people back into work, education or training whilst also boosting self-esteem, confidence and employability prospects.
Noel linked up with the group shortly after they had been on a tour of the stadium, and then took a relaxed question and answer session. The striker told the youngsters about how he became a footballer before signing autographs and posing for photos.
The course is delivered in partnership with Reading FC Community Trust and The Prince’s Trust. Social inclusion officer at Reading FC, Gary Webb, added, "Our working relationship with the Prince’s Trust is incredibly strong and together we are helping to give young people the best potential opportunities in life. The young people on the course have been a pleasure to work with and everyone wishes them the very best for the future as there is clearly talent within the group.
"Many previous participants are now working for Reading FC Community Trust or within local grassroots football teams and hopefully many more can progress. I would like to thank everyone from Reading FC Community Trust and Prince’s Trust who have made this course possible, especially Dave Evans (Reading FC Community trust Manager), David Priest and Diane Hall (both Prince’s Trust volunteers) who kindly volunteer, giving up their time to make a difference to young people’s futures."