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U12s' tournament win

25 September 2013

Chelsea and Spurs seen off

The Royals' under 12 are through to the next stage of a Europe-wide Premier League tournament, having seen off Chelsea, Tottenham, Southampton and Swansea in the first stage.

Earlier this month we travelled to Tottenham to participate in a five-team knockout, and we progressed in small-sided 9v9 games, with two 15-minute periods, a very good achievement by our youngsters.

Our lads will now play at St George's Park over Remembrance Weekend (9th and 10th November) against Man City, Arsenal, West Ham, Stoke and Bolton, and the top two go through to the Ypres tournament in Belgium in early December.

The Christmas Truce tournament, which began in 2011, brings together teams from England, Belgium, France and Germany to recreate the spirit of the Christmas Truce in 1914 when World War I troops from those countries in the trenches, stopped fighting and exchanged gifts, sang carols and played impromptu games of football.

The Ypres tournament serves as an educational, cultural and developmental event, with youngsters learning about the conflict and honouring the sacrifice by those in World War I, forming relationships with other teams, as well as testing themselves against the best players in Europe on the pitch.

Reading FC have already sent details of our World War One soldiers, and this information will be taught to the youngsters over the tournament in November.

More information on the Ypres tournament is available from

Details: Royals go through
Recap: PL commit to Truce
Recap: Last year's success
Video: Christmas Truce tournament 2011

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