Fans win the chance to meet the playersA select group of Reading season ticket holders visited the club’s Hogwood Park training ground yesterday to watch the first team prepare for the Boxing Day clash with Brighton.
The opportunity arose as part of a free social media and postal competition, which gave all season ticket holder the chance to meet the first team and new manager Steve Clarke.
At the conclusion of training, the new gaffer, as well as all of the players, took time to sign autographs and pose for photos with the lucky fans.
Royals centre-back Jake Cooper was invited back to his old school earlier this month, The Forest School in Winnersh, by one of his former teachers to take part in a presentation evening at the school.
The 19-year-old stood up on stage and presented awards to some of the school’s successful sporting pupils, handing out accolades for football and athletics amongst other achievements at the school’s annual event.
Adam Federici also took time out to meet students from the Forest School, as well as a touring Australian side from Mereweather, New South Wales, in the club’s 4G dome.
The Australian team, who also visited Paris and Dubai, were enjoying a busy trip to the Western hemisphere and in their game against the Forest School they were beaten 4-1.
After the full-time whistle, both sides sat down to meet the Royals’ Australian number one, who gave a detailed insight into his career so far, as well as hosting a 30-minute question and answer session, signing posters and posing for photos.
Jordan Obita, Reading’s new Community Trust Sports Participation Ambassador, began his new role by visiting an after school footballing coaching session at Mickalnds Primary School in Caversham.
Obita joined the Royals as an eight-year-old and after the session he sat down with the youngsters to talk everything football. They quizzed the full-back on his opinion of diving and his footballing icons, who are Neymar and Lionel Messi.