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Out in the community

23 October 2013

Royals strikers out on the town

Cheering from the sidelines and cooking up a storm – our players have been as busy as ever in the local community over the last few days!

On Friday 18th October Adam Le Fondre headed down to Crosfields School for the Under 9 Primary Schools Football Festival. 

Alfie gave some words of encouragement to the participants, and watched on from the touchline throughout a very entertaining set of matches – before handing out trophies at the close of play.

Reading’s number nine also posed for photos and signed autographs – and obviously felt inspired, as he of course went on to score in our 4-1 demolition of Doncaster Rovers!

Another goalscorer this week was Nick Blackman, who was on target for a Reading X1 against Bournemouth at Hogwood Park on Tuesday afternoon – but instead of putting his feet up, joined Jason Roberts at Hexham Youth Club that evening for a special Caribbean Cooking Workshop!

The event took place as part of the Reading FC Community Trust’s new Community Cohesion initiative, and the strikers even tried their hand at table tennis and pool with the girls and boys, before serving up a flavour filled meal.

The chef at the youth club was Anton Scotland, a man who grew up on the Hexham estate, who said “I know very well how important it is to reach out to kids on estates such as these and how vital so it is always a privilege to welcome Reading Football Club’s Community Trust Cohesion team to our youth club.”

The evening was all part of a new three-year Community Cohesion Liaison project, supported by the Premier League and our Community Trust – Shelley Alexander from the Premier League was at Madejski Stadium on Saturday to meet our Community Cohesion officer Jay Gilbert and some of the kids her projects are reaching in the Reading area. Through the power of football we aim to make a difference, empowering our club to create opportunities at the heart of our community, bringing people together and changing lives for the better.

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