Community Trust team win league titleWe are delighted to confirm that the Reading FC Deaf team have been crowned as southern champions after their winning their final fixture in the England Deaf League on Saturday!
The Royals topped the southern division by winning 10 and drawing one of their 12 matches, which included facing sides affiliated to Charlton, Peterborough, Barnet and Brighton. Supporters Trust At Reading (STAR) are the kit sponsors of the Royals side.
By topping their regional table, that means they will now face counterparts their from Sunderland – champions of the northern section and last year’s overall winners – in the national final on Saturday 23rd April in Nottingham.
The last fixture of the season took place at the Piggott School in Wargrave on their 4G surface – and after taking a 4-0 lead into the interval against Peterborough, a strong Royals side made their dominance count even more in the second period and ultimately ran out as 12-0 winners.
Reading FC Deaf was first founded in 2013 with the help of Total Communication, one of leading British Sign Language (BSL) agencies. After an initial 10 weeks of taster sessions, Reading FC Deaf were then integrated into local football festivals and began competing in the BOBi League – a pan-disability league that operates across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
After a few successful years on the pitch, where the team have been able to develop a number of talented players including representatives of England and Great Britain, the crowning glory came on Saturday when their victory saw them pick up the southern title! The team could potentially win three pieces of silverware this season – Reading FC Deaf are also on course to win both the BOBi League and the South East FA Disability Cup.
Daniel Rook, My Ability Programme Manager said: “I am delighted for the deaf team that they are one step closer to our first national title getting this far is a huge achievement. This has also had a positive impact on the whole of the disability programme by raising awareness of the work we do in the local community. I would like to congratulate the players and coaches on their success and hope it continues as they represent the trust and football club in a positive manner.”
Craig Peters, Reading FC Deaf manager, added: “It is an honour and privilege being the manager of the Reading FC Deaf team. This season was a new challenge for us playing up against competitive opposition and this has been a good opportunity for the players to represent Reading Football Club and do the club proud. We would all like to thank STAR and Total Communication for all their continuous support.”