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Royals attend Never Such Innocence poetry launch

9 November 2015

Sir John Madejski and Royals youngsters support First World War charity

Last week Reading FC were pleased to attend the launch of the Never Such Innocence poetry and art competition as part of the Remembrance weekend commemoration.

Never Such Innocence is a First World War commemoration charity, dedicated to educating young people about the impact and legacy of the First World War, through poetry, art and theatre.



The charity, which was established by Lady Lucy French, great-granddaughter of Field Marshal Sir John French, is holding an annual poetry and art competition to encourage young people to commemorate the centenary by engaging with their shared history and heritage.

The competition was launched at the John Madejski Academy and was in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Reading FC.

Club historian David Downs attended and spoke about the football club’s historical links with the First World War. David talked about the men that both played for the club and fought on behalf of their country.



Reading youngsters Niall Keown, Tennai Watson and Jake Sheppard were other Royals representatives at the event as well as Co-Chairman Sir John Madejski. All in attendance were very impressed by performances of poetry made by the pupils of several schools in the local area invited to the launch. The Royals boys also held a question and answer session with the pupils after the event about life as a footballer.

For more information on the Never Such Innocence charity click here.

You can also find out more information about the War Graves Commission by clicking here.

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