Reading full-back meets pupils at local schoolRoyals defender Andrew Taylor paid a visit to Edgbarrow School in Crowthorne to meet some of the pupils who were taking part in an after school football session.
Many of the youngsters will be attending Reading’s clash with Burnley at the weekend, as a result of the school’s involvement with the Royals’ School Ticketing Scheme. The scheme allows schools to offer their parents, staff and children tickets to Reading home games at special discounted rates and a percentage from each ticket purchased goes back to the school in fundraising.
The scheme has seen local schools build a relationship with the football club, as well as raise much needed funds. During the 2014/2015 season, nearly £20,000 went back into local schools.
Taylor made the visit as a result of Edgbarrow School’s close work with the Royals and their continued support of the School Ticketing Scheme. Over 60 pupils, parents and Staff from the school will be attending the Burnley game this weekend at Madejski Stadium.
The Reading left back watched on as the students took part in a number of coaching drills and played a few matches, offering tips to the aspiring footballers along the way. After the football session, Taylor chatted to the group answering a number of questions about his career to date and his experience playing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.
The full-back then handed out the match day tickets for the clash with the Clarets to the young Royals fans and posed for photos, as well as signing a number of Reading shirts and even a few homework planners!
“It’s been great to come down and meet a few of the pupils, watch them play and hand out their tickets”, said Taylor.
“They all seem excited about the game and it’s massive that the club get involved in the local community, it’s great to get the youngsters coming along to games through schemes like these. Getting them in the ground and making a good atmosphere helps create a new generation of fans who will hopefully be supporters for many years to come.”
“Hopefully they enjoy the game at the weekend, make some noise, and we put on a good performance and get a win for them!”