Royals shortlisted for prestigious prizeReading Football Club are delighted to announce that our Community Trust has been nominated for the Football Club Diversity Award, as part of the inaugural Football for Good Awards, to mark the tenth anniversary of Coaching for Hope.
The awards ceremony will take place on 2nd December 2015 at Old Billingsgate Vaults in London, where the winners will be announced and celebrated. The Football Club Diversity Award is sponsored by the PFA.
Football fans come from all walks of life and the Football Club Diversity Award is looking for examples of clubs who have embraced this diversity and promoted the needs of groups within their catchment area who are often excluded from participation in sport, supporting a team or taking part in society.
This may be a focus on elderly people, specific disabilities, ethnic groups suffering discrimination or a general commitment to embrace diversity through the club culture and publicity it produces. Clubs who actively consult with groups within their catchment area and seek to learn from them in order to adapt their practice will be particularly commended by the panel.
At Reading, we’re proud to take a forward-thinking view about our approach to diversity in Reading and Berkshire, and several of our players have been out and about in the community recently.
Last month, Ali Al-Habsi supported a PFA / Unionlearn event at Madejski Stadium to inspire members of under-represented communities to learn about their local clubs work and encourage involvement.
In October, Aaron Tshibola and Rowan Liburd were guests at a Kick It Out event at Fairview Community Centre, where the pair held a lively discussion with a group of young people about the meaning of equality, inclusion, discrimination and diversity, chatting informally with the group about how these concepts can be applied to everyday life.
And as recently as last week, our captain Paul McShane visited a football session run by Reading FC Community Trust at Mary Hare Deaf School in Newbury, where the students are helped to achieve their full potential at home, school and in their subsequent careers. With the help of a sign-language interpreter, Paul held a Q&A with the students after the session.
We are very proud that our diversity work in the community is being recognised and to have been nominated for this award.