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Social Inclusion Manager in the running at Pride of Reading

4 July 2016

Richard Witt recognised for ‘Choices’ programme

We are delighted to announce that Richard Witt, Social Inclusion Manager at Reading FC Community Trust, has been shortlisted for an award at Pride of Reading 2016.

Richard has been nominated by colleague Jay Gilbert for the ‘Encouraging Young People in the Arts’ category, after conceiving and delivering a programme named ‘Choices’.

The Choices early-intervention scheme has been implemented in over 30 schools in the local area.  Its purpose is to help young people to make good choices at school and at home, and stop them from being excluded.  Over the past two years, the scheme has helped 500 to remain at school.

Witt, 32, was formerly a player in our youth setup at Reading and represented the England C team on the pitch.  And it is his attachment to the local community that gave him inspiration to create the Choices programme.

“I have spent a long time writing the programme as I saw a need for it in the Reading area,” said Richard.

“Choices helps to limit the amount of exclusions in schools by working with young people on a weekly basis, and can support transition from Year 6 to Year 7, which is a difficult time for some young people.

“We support children in school, from five to 18 years, who are not behaving, underachieving, struggling with confidence and low self-esteem, or needing life skills.

“We support inclusion, helping children with language barriers, numeracy, maths, reading and writing. And we respond to pupils’ needs and help them overcome potential barriers.

“Choices helps children stay in school and has a positive influence on their education, while being taught in a fun, safe environment.”

The Pride of Reading Awards 2016 will take place later this year at Madejski Stadium, and will once again be hosted by Chris Tarrant.

Our congratulations go to Richard on his extremely worthy nomination, and the very best of luck!

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