U18s coach describes close connection between Royals and Boreham WoodAs announced earlier this month, the Royals will face Boreham Wood in early pre-season, our first friendly scheduled for Saturday 9th July.
The game, which will take place at Meadow Park, is the latest example of a close relationship between the two clubs that has been built up over a number of years.
Under the stewardship of Chairman Danny Hunter, Boreham Wood run one of the most comprehensive youth programmes in the country, one which is now recognised on a national level.
As well as having close links with the Reading Academy, The Wood have also had several young players representing England Colleges throughout the years.
As part of Reading’s relationship with the club, our Under-18s side face their counterparts from Boreham Wood on an annual basis in the build up to the FA Youth Cup campaign - allowing the Royals to acclimatise to performing under floodlights and on a good standard of surface.
Reading’s Under-16s recently prevailed over Boreham Wood too, in a friendly fixture played at Madejski Stadium, with the Royals earning a narrow 1-0 victory in a closely fought contest.
A number of players caught the eye from both teams that day and the existing relationship allows each club to assess a number of young budding footballers, perhaps offering some first team football opportunities on loan in National League football and others the chance to trial with the Royals.
“Boreham Wood are a progressive club who have risen up and maintained National League level football, whilst improving the ground and infrastructure around them along the way,” Assistant Academy Manager David Dodds explained.
“We have formed a good relationship with them at Academy level and I am looking forward to our first team playing Boreham Wood first team early in pre-season where I am sure our supporters will want to get an early look at our squad for the coming new campaign.”