We have built excellent relationships with local schools whose facilities we use and we have forged excellent links with them to provide coaching to their children within our club. We currently run teams in the BYDL, East Berks League, Reading & West Berkshire League, Peter Houseman League. We currently run 23 teams from Under 7 through to U17 giving our children a pathway from Foundation through to Senior Football, we aim to have four new Under 7 teams every season.
The club takes pride in its Charter Standard Status and promotes its Coaching pathway to all of the clubs coaches, each coaches courses are paid for by the club. The Club currently have Level 3, Level 2 and Level 1 coaches, whilst many of our younger teams coaches have or are completing their FA Youth Modules. Regular Managers meetings, Club Newsletter, Facebook page ensure that we communicate well with our coaches, players, parents and our local community.
Why have you formed this Academy Partner link and how has it benefited your club?
We believe that it is vital for our club, our players and our coaches to be linked with our local Professional Club. For our children to obtain the best coaching and the best possible pathway to becoming a professional footballer we looked to build links with Reading FC, our coaches have access to Academy coaching, our children have access to a scouting network that our club can use to promote suitable children to the club. We are a community club and Reading FC is part of our community we want our coaches, parents and children to have the best opportunities to support our local club, this Partnership ensures they have those opportunities.
Have any of your club players progressed and signed for the Royals Academy or any other league club?
Our most successful player to have come through our club in recent times would be Simon Cox, Simon played for Reading and has since gone on to play for West Brom and Nottingham Forest.
The club has recently held a number of fund raising events for Babies In Buscot, the Special Baby Care Unit at Royal Berks Hospital including a Penalty Shoot Out Competition, we raised £2300.
Our Annual Soccer Tournament is held every year at AWE Aldermaston. The tournament is held over two days and last year was our biggest and one of our most successful, the dates for next year are 28th & 29th June 2014, to book a space please email tournament@westwood wanderers.net