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Community Round-up

26 November 2013

Latest from around town

A round-up of plenty of recent activities in and around the Reading community - read up on what's been going on!

Leigertwood visit
Royals midfielder Mikele Leigertwood took time out from his recovery from injury and visited local youngsters at the ‘Smiles Club’ at Tilehurst Youth Centre, where he signed items and posed for photos. Ledge played "Name the Reading player" with the youngsters as they looked at the team photo.

“The Smiles Provision is a target youth group for young people with various learning disabilities. The projects aim is to meet the needs of young people through personal and social development activities and to hence young people’s independence.”

Adkins at Reading College
Manager Nigel Adkins took a trip Reading College for their annual celebration night. The Royals boss took time to talk to a huge number of staff and students, some with special needs. Adkins presented each and every one of them with a certificate, posed for photos and signed autographs for one and all.

Show Racism The Red Card
Local youngsters listened to two interesting Show Racism The Red Card workshops at the Dome, and learned about the history of racism in football. Football Artist Colin Yates spoke on the history of racism while former player Paul Mortimer led a workshop. Then, ex-England striker Luther Blissett also took questions from the children.

Primary Schools visit
Local youngsters from Primary Schools in under-privileged areas played in a tournament at the Dome by Madejski Stadium. Afterwards, Kingsley paid a special visit and awarded all participants with a certificate!

Prince's Trust
Don't miss out on the 12-week personal development programme, starting on the 20th January 2014 at Madejski Stadium!

- Hours are 10-4pm Monday to Friday
- For 16-25 years old not in work or full time education.
- It does not effect benefits
- Includes a weeks residential work, team building activities and other outward bounds activities - for example, rock climbing and archery.
- Community project included: Involving planning, fund raising and doing something to give back to the community - for example, decorating a scout hut/ cleaning up a school garden.
- With our help, we find a work placement for young people to do for two weeks of the programme within an area they are interested in.
- By the end of the programme the young people will leave with an NVQ level 1 in Teamwork and Community work.
- Interested?! Contact Alex McSweeney on or visit for more info.

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