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RFC disability programme

1 October 2013

My Ability Programme Manager

Reading FC's Community Trust has started a brand new disability programme - aimed at working with people with disabilities across Berkshire.

The programme will see the club's My Ability Programme Manager and his assistant work with special schools, delivering school coaching and lunch time clubs. The Royals Dome will also host four special school tournaments throughout the year.

It will also support mental health sessions across three centres in Reading, Bracknell and Slough - delivering coaching sessions and supporting teams in the local FA Disability League. Trust staff will also be working with the Down's Syndrome Association delivering weekly sessions for children with down's syndrome, with the view to having a DSA active team competing in national tournaments and friendlies.

The Reading Lions wheelchair team will also be supporting, delivering up to 10 coaching sessions a year - while deaf friendly sessions will be taking place from October in partnership with Total Communication. We will also support adult day services by running weekly coaching sessions alongside Reading Borough council, promoting healthy lifestyles.

We also aim to provide advice and coaching sessions to grass roots clubs in the Reading area who are interested in starting up their own soccer ability sessions. Special mention goes to the funders of the project - The Premier League, Berks & Bucks FA and Get Berkshire Active.

For any more information on the My Ability Programme please contact Daniel Rook, My Ability Programme Manager, on 0118 907 2160 or email

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