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Hope & Pearce at Kickz!

7 November 2013

Duo attend huge tournament

Last week, Madejski Stadium’s Indoor Training Dome held a huge Kickz tournament which saw more than 100 youngsters do battle.

An under-15 group enjoyed their session in the morning before an under-19s group came together to take part in the tournament in the afternoon.

Royals centre-half Alex Pearce and midfielder Hope Akpan came along to the event in the afternoon, interacting with the local youngsters from the Reading community and watching some of the games, before signing autographs and posing for photos with one and all.

The Kickz sessions are designed to engage with young people that are hard to reach, and target the most disadvantaged areas of Reading with the aim of "creating safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young people."

The tournament took place during half term to support the 'Kick it Out' campaign and educate young people on important modern day issues. All participants received goodies such as Kick It Out wristbands, Royals team photos and car stickers.

The Kickz statistics for South and West Reading for the last year demonstrate what exceptional work is being done by Reading Football Club’s Community Trust with young men and women who have previously been hard to reach.
Almost 600 young people took part in one of 436 sessions run as part of our Kickz initiatives last year, Almost 1,000 hours were spent with these young people, both male and female, and almost half of those people were aged between 16-19 years old - traditionally the hardest age group to engage with.

158 qualifications were achieved in total, with 175 young people volunteering in some capacity as part of the project. Many trips and visits were organised, such as the pictured trip to the London dungeons during the summer, and 22 young people performed either before or during half time at a Royals first team game, showcasing their different talents and improving their confidence in front of our home supporters. And all of the above was provided free of charge of course, evidence that Reading Football Club’s Community Trust continue to deliver an incredible service to the local community through Kickz.

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