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Community Round-Up

19 March 2014

Latest from around town

Take a look at our Community round-up, as four of the first team make visits around Reading as part of their Ambassadorial role within the Reading FC Community Trust...

Jem Karacan – Community Trust Disability Ambassador

Jem recently visited a Deaf Friendly football coaching session in Woodley. The group, who will soon make up the official Reading Football Club deaf team, are training in the build-up to their first match at MK Dons in April.

Our Academy graduate watched the players take part in passing drills on the night and was very impressed with the standard in the training session, run in conjunction with Total communications.

The Royals midfielder then took part in a question and answer session with the participants, many of whom were keen Royals fans and delighted to see Jem at their training session! Following the question and answer, the group played a match with Jem watching on in awe from the sidelines.

Sean Morrison – Community Trust Sports Participation Ambassador

Sean visited an After School Club at Aldryngton School in Earley, as part of his and the Community Trust’s work towards increasing sports participation

The centre back was on hand to meet the excitable group when they finished school, and took part in a question and answer session. The group included a good number of Royals fans, who were delighted to meet Sean.

The pupils then took part in a series of matches with Sean looking on from the side-lines. Sean was impressed with the ability on show, and was able to give the youngsters a few pointers to help them improve their game.

Hope Akpan – Community Trust Social Participation Ambassador

Hope visited a Prince’s Trust workshop this past week to meet youngsters who were taking their FA Level 1 coaching badges at the Indoor Training Centre.

The Community Trust has long and successful history of supporting the Prince’s Trust, with a large turnover of participants eventually moving on to become full and part time staff members at both the Community Trust and Football Club.

Hope was on hand to watch the youngsters take part in the coaching sessions that were run by their peers, and was impressed with the variety of drills on show.

The midfielder then took part in a question and answer session, giving the youngsters an insight into the world of a professional footballer, and was happy to give an insight into the training methods and tactical insights he has experienced throughout his playing career.

Chris Gunter – Community Trust Education Ambassador

Chris visited members of the John Madejski Academy football team, as they took part in a Madejski Stadium Tour.

The tour took place as a result of the close links between the Football Club and the Academy. Aged between 16-18 the lads play for the elite JMA team, and several of the group were involved in the JMA U18 Schools Trophy winners in 2012.

Chris gave an insight into the hard work needed to become a professional footballer, and gave details on the sacrifices you need to make to succeed.

Everyone was involved in a group photo at the end of the Q&A, before departing on their tour of the stadium.

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